At Ridgeons we aim to provide our products and services to our customers in a sustainable way by working closely with our suppliers, employees and the communities in which we work, to minimise our impact on the environment.
Ridgeons in Saffron Walden and Ridgeons Forest Products at Herringswell have both been awarded certification to ISO14001, the international environmental management standard demonstrating the company’s commitment to improving its environmental performance.
Certification to ISO14001 involves:
- Development and implementation of an environmental policy
- Identifying environmental aspects and impacts
- Controlling, mitigating and reducing environmental risk
- Continually improving environmental performance
Certificates for both sites are available for download.
Certification was carried out by BM TRADA, a leading multi-sector certification body accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). Its portfolio of services includes certification of quality, environmental, information security, health and safety, and food safety management systems, as well as product and personnel schemes.
All enquiries about Ridgeons environmental management should be made to Andrew Wilson, Group Safety, Health and Environment Manager.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE)
Recycling your old electricals is easy! Recycle your electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit www.recycle-more.co.uk and type in your postcode.
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.
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.
How are Ridgeons 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). Our membership certificate can be found here.
To find more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk
Waste Battery Regulations
Ridgeons fulfils its obligations under the Waste Battery regulations by providing battery collection boxes at each of its branches.
Just go the sales counter and drop your waste portable batteries in the box for free. If you are not near one of our branches, visit www.recycle-more.co.uk and enter your postcode for your nearest battery collection facility.
Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points. End-users may find stores in their local area more accessible.
Ridgeon Group Safety, Health & Environment Manager