The Company strives to improve its environmental performance through the implementation of sustainable development and the pursuit of appropriate environmental activities.
Environmental impact is reviewed regularly in order to:
- meet all statutory obligations;
- pursue working practices which reduce the business’ environmental load; and
- recycle waste products and safely dispose of non-recyclable materials.
We work with environmentally responsible organisations that support our approach. Several different waste types are recycled including paper reel ends, compactor waste polythene, shredded materials and cardboard. In 2015 we recycled 100 metric tonnes (2014: 111); the decrease being due to reduced levels of print production in the business. Staff are encouraged to submit their ideas on how consumption of energy and other resources used by the Company may be reduced.
At the end of life of products supplied, customers are expected to return them to DRS for disposal or recycling in accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and the Batteries Directive.
DRS also operates in accordance with the requirements of the European Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS Directive) ensuring its products comply, where required, with the restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances. This revised directive includes additional categories of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and European Conformity (CE) marking obligations.