By Daniel Hunter

The DIY sector has made impressive steps in reducing both waste to landfill and packaging as part of the Home Improvement Sector Commitment (HISC) Voluntary Agreement. Signatories to the Commitment include major retailers such as Argos, B&Q, Homebase and Wickes.

Figures released today show that there has been a massive 83% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill and a 25% reduction in packaging. This figure surpasses the aims of the Commitment, which were to reduce waste to landfill by 50%, and reduce packaging by 15% while helping consumers recycle more.

Environment Minister David Heath said:

“Cutting waste is not only good for the environment but can help businesses save money and boost economic growth. It’s fantastic to see DIY businesses working together to cut waste and unnecessary packaging and exceeding the challenging targets set in this agreement.”

Liz Goodwin, WRAP’s Chief Executive said of the announcement:

“The results delivered by the DIY sector are deeply impressive. I congratulate all the signatories on their achievements in what has been a testing time for the sector.”

Other retailers involved in the Agreement include AkzoNobel UK Decorative Paints, Crown Paints and Henkel.