The Garden Centre Group goes green

The Garden Centre Group (TGCG) has fired up its ambition to be 'a catalyst for change in the horticulture industry' by doubling its recycling rate and setting a target of 95% diversion from landfill by the end of 2016.

The 140-strong group has been working closer with suppliers – encouraging them to produce more sustainable products – and with customers – helping them to create more sustainable gardens.

“By engaging with the staff at all of our stores and separating our resources efficiently, TGCG has achieved excellent results,” said TGCG’s group maintenance manager Mark Evans.

“We are still in the early stages of our recycling programme and, with help from our waste and recycling partner Biffa, are completely dedicated to managing our resources as sustainably as possible into the future.

“Not only will this help contribute to our CSR strategy, but we hope that by sharing our progress with our customers it will encourage them to become more sustainable gardeners.” 

In the loop

In January, Biffa analysed how TGCG was managing its diverse waste streams and identified the potential to recycle and recover wasted resources, with a particular opportunity from the range of materials that could be kept ‘in the loop’.

Following a programme of improving resource management across the estate, TGCG’s recycling rate has almost doubled. ‘Environmental Champions’ at each location across England and Wales are now helping TGCG progress to its target of 95% by end of 2016.

Sam Smith, Biffa Corporate Account Manager, said: “The commitment from staff has been absolutely integral to the scheme’s success. The Environment Champions now in place at each location will be able to assist in training staff to recycle even more.

“Our 12-18-month project plan is now in place and will see us review other waste streams and ways to drive down costs.”

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