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 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES

Our Waste Recycling Policy

At the Klondyke Group we are concious of our sustainability responsibilities and for this reason have introduced recycling schemes at all of our sites for most of our waste generated; this includes the recycling of cardboard, paper, plastic, metal, wood etc.

Currently 69% of our waste is recycled and we aim to further improve moving forward.

We will also endeavour to;

  • Further increase the amount of waste we send for recycling
  • Where possible return any plastic plant carrying trays back to the suppliers for them to reuse
  • Recycle all printer cartridges that have been used throughout the Group
  • We will continue to provide the facility to customers and staff to recycle their used batteries
  • Continue to have all junk mail and non sensitive paper waste recycled as well as our shredded confidential paper recycled
  • Where possible continue the introductions of customer recycling facilities such as clothing bins etc

Recycling your old electricals is easy!
Recycle your electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the Recycle More website and type in your postcode.

Why recycle?
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

We’re proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment. To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

What is WEEE?
The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

How are we helping?
In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items when purchasing a new item from us.
As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS).

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Plastic Usage

As a business we are working with our suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

All our pack bedding is in PET packs or taupe colour packs which are kerbside recyclable.

Pot bedding will be moved to a blue, terracotta or taupe coloured pot to allow them to be recycled at the waste plants.

As a company we will continue to drive the use of recycled or recyclable plastic and reduce plastic where possible

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Did you Know? Plants

At the Klondyke Group wherever possible we actively purchase our plant stock from British Growers.

Currently around 84% of plants that we purchase are sourced from UK nurseries.

Benefits of trees and plants:

  • Make your garden more inviting and add beauty
  • Trees provide shade
  • Provide a natural solution to improve air quality
  • Contribute to a healthy lifestyle by improving health and well being
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Reduce the effects of carbon dioxide
  • Reduce background noise
  • Attract wildlife to your garden

Help our environment by introducing more plants and trees to your garden and home.

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Our FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Policy

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non government, non profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the worlds forests.

FSC labelled products are made with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment and also provide ongoing business value.

The FSC label guarantees that the forest products that are harvested are replaced or are allowed to generate naturally.

FSC protects the right of indigenous people to use the forest.  The forest owners must use local workers to run the forest.  They must provide them with training, safety equipment and a decent salary.

FSC give the assurance that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty  and benefits of the forest.

Klondyke Group will endeavour to:

  • Provide information to our customers on the benefits of purchasing FSC accredited products
  • To actively work toward stocking only wood products that have the FSC accreditation
  • Ensure that every product purchased from us that bears the FSC logo has been produced according to FSC standards.

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Peat Policy

We are fully committed to environmental responsibility and share the concerns of gardeners, the horticultural industry and government towards peat extraction. We strive to be a peat free business and support the continued search for alternative growing media.

Here’s an update of our progress:

At the start of 2021, the peat-free content of our growing media sales reached 55% and we are working hard to make sure this percentage continues to grow.

We do not sell sedge or moss peat in their unmixed forms.

Peat-free compost has a prominent position within our compost sales area.

We do not recommend the use of peat for mulching and top dressing.

All of the plants we sell are grown in peat-free or reduced-peat media; helping reduce our peat throughput.

The next steps

We plan to offer customers a choice of peat-free composts. We have introduced a multi-buy offer on our multi purpose peat-free compost to encourage gardeners to try something new.

We will continue to speak with our suppliers on the availability and use of reduced or peat free growing media.

We will continue to speak with our current and potential plant suppliers on the subject of reducing/removing the peat content from their products.

We will provide clear and up to date information and advice to customers who may be switching to peat-free and reduced-peat, so they can make informed decisions.

We will provide our team members with clear and up to date information on peat-free and reduced-peat and of our progress as a company on this.

We will continue to be aware of the environmental impact and sustainability of all potential peat substitutes, to ensure that we do not simply replace peat with something equally harmful to the environment.

Why are we not completely peat-free already?

At the current time, there is a shortage of reliable alternative raw materials to replace peat and the techniques for growing some plants and crops in peat-free mixes are not always straightforward.

We are committed to:

  • Proactively sourcing and trialing reduced-peat and peat alternatives
  • Supporting and promoting the proven peat alternatives
  • Keeping up to date with information on peat-free and reduced-peat and passing this onto our customers and team members
  • Following government guidelines on the use of peat based products

 

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Environmental Policy

The Klondyke Group is committed to recognising and accepting the need to provide and manage a safe and environmentally responsible business.  

The Group continually strives to improve its energy and water efficiency, reduce wastage, source product ethically and promote sustainable gardening throughout the business.

To implement this policy we intend to manage our environmental and sustainability efforts by seeking to achieve best practice as follows:

Meeting all regulatory requirements

Efficient use of energy resources by preventing pollution and minimising consumption

Recycling of rain water

Managing and recycling of our waste stream

Considering the environmental impact of our purchasing decisions

Promoting plants and products associated with a green environment

Giving consideration to the environment in both the design and build 

of new garden centres

Promoting green products and fostering environmental awareness 

The Directors will continually monitor the implementation and effects of this policy in order to continually improve our environmental practice and performance

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William Strike Ltd is a registered company trading in England, Scotland and Wales. Registered number 96366. Registered office Houghton Hall garden Centre, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4JB

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