The reduction and minimisation of waste is an important topic
for Jewson, not only in terms of the waste we generate at our sites
but also waste packaging from the products we sell.
Consequently, we have signed up to the Strategy for Sustainable
Construction, a joint industry and Government initiative that sets
out specific commitments and targets for sustainable
We have committed to halve waste sent to landfill by 2012, compared
with 2008 levels. A number of initiatives are in place to help us
to achieve this target, including a national waste management
programme in conjunction with Biffa and our pallet recycling
We are also members of the Construction Products Association
(CPA) and chair its Waste Working Group, which focuses on
'designing out waste' by reducing the amount of packaging on
products at the design and manufacturing stage.
Jewson Pallet Initiative
The Jewson pallet initiative is a groundbreaking scheme that
harnesses synergies between SGBD group companies to deliver both
environmental benefits and cost savings, as well as solving an age
old problem in the construction industry - pallet management.
The service, which initially ran throughout the Jewson branch
network, is generating huge amounts of positive change within the
Under the initiative, Jewson ensures that pallets from its 500
branches - and from the construction sites to which we deliver -
are 'backhauled' on empty lorry space after delivery. These pallets
are taken to one of three Jewson Timber Distribution Centres:
Grangemouth, Newport and Hull. From there, the pallets are
refurbished and reintegrated into the supply chain using European
Logistics Management (ELM). ELM redistributes them to companies who
need pallets. The initiative reduces the requirement for new
pallets, reduces the waste-to-landfill ratio, and has the potential
to cut lorry miles by an estimated 135,000 miles per year.
Simon Wright, Supply Chain and Sustainability Director at
Mansell, who supports the initiative said: "The sustainability
objectives of the scheme combined with its ability to support our
Site Waste Management Plans mean that it's becoming a key component
of our overall waste strategy. We're pleased to be part of the
initiative and can see that it is creating a really positive change
within the industry."