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Dulux Decorator Centres reaches zero waste to landfill ahead of shedule

The UK’s leading decorating specialist, Dulux Decorator Centres and its recycling and waste management partner, DS Smith Recycling, are proud to have achieved zero waste to landfill at its 192 UK stores ahead of schedule.

Dulux Decorator Centres set itself the target to achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of 2015 in order to minimise the company’s environmental impact. Working with DS Smith Recycling, Dulux Decorator Centres reached its goal at the end of April this year, two and a half years ahead of schedule.

While Dulux Decorator Centres recycled its mixed dry recycling, the company wanted to find a sustainable solution for its contaminated general waste such as used food packaging.

To deliver this objective, DS Smith Recycling identified a range of partners that could handle this waste and extract any remaining recyclate or to use it as a refuse-derived fuel.

Beverley Whitehead, marketing and communications manager at Dulux Decorator Centres, said: "Like every retailer we’re dedicated to reducing our environmental impact. DS Smith Recycling’s commitment to sustainable waste management solutions meant we had confidence that it would be able to help us deliver on our zero waste to landfill objective as quickly as possible."

DS Smith Recycling’s CSR account manager, James Williams adds, "Dulux Decorator Centres was already committed to recycling so our challenge was to find a solution for small quantities of contaminated waste. Our focus was to still ensure that the waste was treated as high up the waste hierarchy as possible to recover value from the material, whether that was for recycling or energy production."

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