As a major supplier of building materials, we have a big role to play in using resources in the most efficient and responsible way possible. We’ve started a range of initiatives but we know there is much more to do. We need to minimise the amounts we send to landfill and help our customers do the same.


In 2016, our landfill diversion rates increased to 91%; up from 88% in 2015. Although absolute tonnage disposed of rose to 53,207 tonnes, our intensity (tonnes of waste disposed of per million pound of inflation adjusted yard and core sales) improved to 10.2 tonnes (10.4 tonnes in 2015).

Our improved intensity can be attributed to a range of activities including our golden envelope behaviour change programme that was a finalist at the 2016 edie awards.



Changing the way we think about resources

Our traditional economy uses raw materials (starting point) to manufacture goods and products that are then disposed of (end point). This ‘linear’ approach is not sustainable and many people now talk about the ‘circular’ economy.

The circular economy means that there is no start or end point as the useful life of products is extended and materials re-enter the process through re-use, re-manufacturing and re-cycling.

What are we doing at Travis Perkins?

This presentation demonstrates how we are making efforts to improve our resource efficiency and beginning to take steps to adapt our business model to a circular economy: