Reynolds takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously. We are proud to hold the Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001 which highlights our commitment to measuring and reducing our impact on the environment.
We have undertaken an assessment of our carbon footprint to the Carbon Trust standard which has been externally verified by Trucost. Our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our work continues.
Reynolds was one of the founding members of WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement on waste reduction, working alongside many of its customers with the common aim of minimising waste food, packaging and carbon emissions.
Training and briefing staff on the importance of waste management has resulted in the recycling of over 600 tonnes of cardboard each year. Reynolds currently has 24 recycling waste streams in place.
Increased focus within our storage facility and offices on energy usage, including posters and training sessions has significantly reduced our energy usage.
Our reusable crate scheme has a positive impact on resources by taking away the need for cardboard packaging. The foodservice industry uses millions of cardboard and wooden boxes, for receiving and delivering fresh produce to customers, but our plastic crates can be re‐used time after time. They are washed between uses with a state of the art system designed to ensure the most efficient and environmentally‐friendly use of water.
Using the plastic crates to deliver to customers over the last year means Reynolds has contributed to sending three quarters of a million fewer cardboard and wooden boxes to customers and saved hundreds of tonnes of cardboard and paper.
Almost half of our customers have now changed over to returnable crates. This reduces waste for Reynolds and reduces waste collection cost for our customers. Where customers do still prefer to use cardboard boxes for splits, all cardboard packaging cases procured by Reynolds are made with a minimum of 71% recycled material. We can also help our customers who struggle to recycle by collecting waste packaging on backhaul.
Reynolds’ Technical Director, Ian Booth, regularly speaks with authority about Reynolds’ focus on waste including at the recent European waste conference, ‘No Opportunities Wasted’. Ian also lends his expertise to talk with industry students.
In addition to targets for carbon reduction, Reynolds already ensures that:
- All waste cardboard is recycled.
- All waste plastic is recycled.
- A returnable create system is available, helping to save 630 tonnes of cardboard in 2010.
- Cardboard packing cases procured by ourselves are made with 100% recycled material.
- Around 3% of current fuel usage is bio-diesel, and increasing.
- IT systems to identify efficient routing systems drive fuel efficiency.
- Advanced driver training ensures maximum fuel efficiency.
- A significant proportion of our produce is collected by us on backhaul, to minimise transportation of empty lorries.
- The company has achieved phase 5 of BS8555 Environmental Standard and ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard.
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Reynolds works hard to ensure that we reduce ‘food miles’ as much as possible. For example, we work with a number of suppliers, particularly for salads and leaf, located just a few miles from our National Distribution Centre in Hertfordshire, ensuring we receive the freshest product possible.
The following sections of the website provide more information on Reynolds action on environmental issues: