DPD’s sustainable partnership with Lyreco and RCP creates recycling heroes

Within the first twelve months of a partnership between Lyreco, Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) and DPD, the logistics business had already increased its recycling rate by 48% at six key sites.

The milestone, which is part of DPD’s vision to become “the greenest delivery service on the planet”, comes as the company analyzes the environmental gains from rolling out RCP’s Slim Jim recycling stations across its 84 deposits.

To date, 20 installations have benefited from the introduction of RCP’s efficient and space-saving recycling system, in a phased installation process that will continue through 2022.

Each month, at each site where it is installed, the recycling system diverts 0.5 tonnes from general waste disposal. At the end of the deployment on all DPD sites, more than 500 tonnes of waste will be redirected each year to the circular economy rather than to the general waste collection centre.

Improved recycling efficiency

The path to these significant improvements in recycling efficiency lies with a true recycling hero, Elissa Underhill, National Accounts Manager at international distributor Lyreco.

Understanding DPD’s fierce commitment to the issue, Elissa was looking for opportunities to support and partner with her client on their recycling efficiency goals. Identifying areas where the logistics business may not yet have reached its full potential, Elissa worked closely with experts from RCP, one of the leading international manufacturers of waste management and recycling solutions. , to find out about important changes for DPD.

Using RCP’s free digital environmental audit tool, the team quickly highlighted the environmental and business savings that could be made.

Best practice recycling procedures

Together, DPD, RCP and Lyreco identified the most problematic sites in terms of recycling and waste, where lack of consistent compliance with DPD’s best practice recycling procedure was a problem. Visits to these sites confirmed that switching to more efficient recycling stations would have a significant impact.

With a pilot program quickly greenlit and six tons of waste diverted from general waste disposal within the first few months of the introduction of Slim Jim recycling stations at pilot sites, the proof of concept was clear.

“Taking a fresh look at our recycling systems with Lyreco and the support of RCP is just one example of our commitment to reducing DPD’s impact on the environment by continually reviewing our processes,” said Olly Craughan, responsible for sustainable development at DPD.

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