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Environmental Policy

At Matalan we recognise our responsibility to minimise the potential of causing harm to the environment and strives to sustain and improve the environment through the careful consideration of design, selection of materials and operational procedures.

We're committed to complying with all regulatory and legislative requirements in all aspects of the business and will endeavour where practicable to ensure that our contractors and suppliers also comply. We see this as a minimum standard with respect to environmental issues.

Matalan also has, or is introducing wherever possible, processes to monitor and make improvements on areas such as:

  • Waste disposal
  • Energy consumption
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Products from sustainable sources
  • Recycling

We regularly review our policies and procedures to make sure that we maintain an appropriate level of environmental awareness and responsibility.

We have a main board director who is overall responsibility for environmental issues so it's always on our agenda.

WEEE Information

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 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. 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).

To find more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre please visit the website.

Battery Information

Each year in the UK we throw away around 600 million batteries. Approximately 22,000 tonnes of household batteries end up in landfill each year, which is roughly the same weight as over 3,000 elephants.

Over 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided if the country can meet it’s target of recycling at least 45 percent of batteries by 2016.

Currently, only 3% of all household batteries are recycled which is a very small amount. The majority of old batteries end up in landfill, where they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil.

Why recycle?

When batteries begin to rot away in landfill, dangerous chemicals such as lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and even mercury may leak into the ground causing soil and water pollution. This can be harmful to animals, humans and the environment.

Since September 2008 all batteries must be labelled with the crossed out wheeled bin symbols (shown below) to help consumers choose batteries and recycle them.

battery recycling guide

Cd, Hg and Pb underneath the wheelie bin symbol shows whether the battery contains, cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg) or lead (Pb).

Recycling used batteries is a great way to help protect the environment.

How are we helping?

Matalan are working with Valpak Limited to provide household Battery Recycling Bins at all of our stores to make it easy for our customers to recycle used batteries.

Each battery placed in the recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials used to make something new.

Please note that Matalan cannot take back Automotive or Industrial Batteries for Recycling.

Alternatively, customers can take used batteries to a participating council recycling site. For your information on the location of your nearest site and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit the website.

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