Recycling constitutes a significant portion of today’s environmental efforts. Throughout the Group, recycling is an important aspect of our daily work.
In addition to recycling, we also endeavour to find new ways of working, such as through high availability of spare parts and service workshops.
Biltema stores in the Nordic countries work according to established recycling laws and regulations. All stores offer possibilities for customers to hand in their old electronics products, lights/light bulbs, chemicals, oil and batteries to make it easier for our customers to recycle.
Biltema cafés works tirelessly to reduce food waste. In most stores, food waste is sorted separately and kept in waste bins for collection, after which it is used for biogas or biodiesel. At most cafés there is an environmental station for customers to be able to sort plastic bottles, glass and mixed waste.
Our ambition by 2030, is that all BILTEMA cafés shall recycle bio-waste.
Our offices around the world also take responsibility for better sustainability. Waste sorting is of the highest priority and something we already doing today. We believe it´s important to contribute to a more circular economy. Waste sorting may vary due to recycling capabilities in different countries.
We engage in carbon offsetting for longer business trips. We encourage all employees to choose trains or public transport over flights and cars when travelling for work-related purposes.
Plastics we receive as waste at Biltema Logistics are sent to a local recycling company, which is located about 5 km from our premises. The company washes and processes the plastic, which, at the end of the process, comes out as pellets. These pellets are then sold to companies that manufacture new plastic products.
We have chosen this option from an environmental perspective. It is more beneficial to the environment than if we managed the plastic ourselves at Biltema and found companies able to make new products for us. The main reason is that the recycling company is very close to us, which means there is no need for unnecessary transport that releases high levels of CO2.
Access to spare parts is advantageous and often saves you money. It may be cheaper to look after and repair what you have than buy new things. Our consumption of new products consumes a lot of energy when we extract the material for the products, when we manufacture them, and when we transport them to stores and homes. For this reason, Biltema intends to increase the availability of spare parts in order to offer a wider range and provide better possibilities for repairing instead of throwing away.
Our in-store workshops are yet another initiative for reducing waste. By distributing workshops in existing stores across the country, we are able to offer quick and convenient service with greater accessibility. We believe in repairing products and giving them a second chance instead of scrapping them. Material recycling is an important step for a sustainable future. In addition, each store shall increase the proportion of repaired products in order to reduce the number of claims.