While providing our customers with environmental and sustainable products, and information on how to use them is a core aim of Grafton Group plc our commitment to the environment does not stop there. We are also focused on waste management, carbon reduction, sustainable sourcing of timber and complying with all environmental legislation.

As a supplier of building materials and related products, Grafton strives to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill by implementing recycling measures across its businesses. The Group’s Irish businesses are members of Repak and the UK businesses are members of Biffpack.

The Group has also focused on operational efficiencies and reductions in energy usage through on-going energy audit programmes and the replacement of old appliances. The Group’s Irish merchanting businesses work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to implement best practice solutions for the treatment and preservation of timber.

Efforts to improve waste recycling rates continue through a close working relationship with our UK national contractor, Biffa. Further changes to waste collection facilities have helped to improve average UK recycling rates from 78 per cent in 2014 to 80 per cent in 2015. Hazardous waste management procedures were strengthened during 2014 with improved collection facilities installed across UK builders’ merchanting locations.