Until recently, DTP was in a skip contract and although paper and card was recycled - much of the Polystyrene and other general recyclables were not being separated. Generally most things which were not card went into a skip. During Spring 2012, DTP set an ambitious target to eliminate landfill from their Operations Centre in Leeds - not an easy task when you are cycling through thousands of Printers, Desktops, Laptops, Servers and their associated packaging!
As part of this exercise, DTP talked to their waste management Partners, Mil-tek and LSS, and set a plan to change the way waste was handled. First to go were individual desk bins, replaced by strategically placed recycling bins, with just 2 small general waste bins for non-recyclable materials in the entire building. Next, our attention turned to the 33 square yard EPS Polystyrene and Card Skip.
In conjuction with Mil-tek and LSS, we invested in the provision of an EPS compactor. Along with our baling machine for card, this allowed us to remove the remaining skip completely, palletise our compacted EPS waste and baled card, and have these collected for recycling. This has resulted in a reduction in potential landfill waste from 40-50 square metres per week, to 1.1 square metres per fortnight.
DTP's new environmental policy is in line with HP's 'Planet Partners' programme which ensures that when you buy an Original HP print cartridge, you can be confident in HP's environmental commitment. The HP Planet Partners programme recycles collected HP print cartridges to recover raw materials. HP never send print cardridges to landfill.