Worcestershire-based distributor Sprint Group is encouraging the catering equipment supply chain to focus on environmental responsibility.
It feels that it has been helping reduce waste with its reconditioning and repair service, as well as reclaiming condemned items and putting them back into service as safe and functional loan equipment.
The company revealed it has also been keeping rubbish out of landfill by taking packaging away from customers’ sites at its own expense and ensuring they go to a local partner where over 96% of all its packaging waste is being recycled.
In 2018, the firm made its commitment to environmental management official by obtaining ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management certification and it feels it is continuing to improve its recycling, with the firm’s focus this year on getting better results for refrigeration and WEEE items.
Sprint believes that environmental management is driven by three factors. First, it believes that it’s good business sense. It stated that its certification opens doors for the business commercially, and it feels that making the most efficient use possible of the resources at hand is only logical.
HR manager Robey Jenkins commented: “Reducing waste and re-using products safely and appropriately not only saves us money and time, but also makes sure that we can offer our service to our customers at the most competitive prices.”
He continued: “Second, good environmental management communicates something important to our customers about who we are. Taking away waste, packaging and old parts means that the only thing Sprint leaves in its wake is the best possible kitchen.
“Our customers want to be cooking great food for their customers, not tidying up mess. Our environmental management means customers spend more time doing what matters to them.”
Jenkins concluded: “And third, it makes ethical sense. Whatever anyone feels about climate change, it’s impossible not to agree that tidy workplaces, clean streets and the most efficient use of our resources is a positive thing. Everyone would rather see a tree than a landfill. Sprint’s environmental management plan means less landfill and more trees and it’s really as simple as that.”