Miele GB receives Zero Waste to Landfill certification 11 Jan 2019

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Emily Hare, waste & traceability manager, Valpak Ltd and Caroline Hutchings, facilities, health and safety manager, Miele

Miele GB has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill certification for ensuring that all waste created by its UK headquarters is correctly reused, recovered or recycled.

Miele is renowned for the longevity of its energy efficient appliances and the UK team was keen to boost its green credentials further and achieve the certification from Valpak, the UK’s leading environmental compliance organisation.

The certification ensures that organisations are not sending any waste to landfill and have a full audit trail providing full traceability of their waste streams, waste contractors and treatment processes. Miele GB is one of an increasing number of organisations in the UK who have been independently audited as achieving Zero Waste to Landfill.

Valpak worked with Miele GB to audit its waste treatment processes and identify over 20 different waste streams, including cooking oil, cut grass, broken furniture and old plant machinery, that could be redirected away from landfill at its Abingdon site.

To achieve zero waste to landfill, Valpak also advised Miele GB on a variety of techniques they could use for improving waste management on site. Miele looked at everything from packaging through to donating items for reuse.

Caroline Hutchings, facilities, health and safety manager, Miele GB said: “Miele’s motto is ‘Immer Besser’ which is German for ‘forever better’ and it applies to everything we do.

“One of our key objectives for this year was to focus on the environmental responsibility we have for everything we send out from site. Working with Valpak we realised that we were already working well towards our recycling goals and with their help, we’re now doing even better and achieved certification in just eight months.

“However, we won’t stop there. We’re keen to increase even further the percentage of materials we reuse and look at reducing the overall waste generated. We will also spend more time educating our staff on environmental responsibility and involve them even more in the processes and plans moving forward. There’s always more that can be done.

Emily Hare, waste and resource traceability manager at Valpak Limited added: “We’re delighted to have Miele among the growing number of organisations wanting to be independently recognised for their efforts to move their waste from landfill. We’re looking forward to continuing to help Miele achieve even more challenging goals.”

In addition to its work with Valpak, Miele GB also runs an agreed take back scheme whereby it removes and recycles its customers old appliances. Miele GB is also ISO 14001:2015 accredited, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.

Hutchings concludes: “Our commercial and domestic customers have the same high expectation levels that we set ourselves when it comes to our environmental responsibilities and we hope this certification will be welcomed by them as we continue on our sustainability journey.”

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