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Reducing the Group’s resource consumption

Preserving natural resources, primarily in packaging and paper consumption, and waste recycling are two other important parts of Rexel’s environmental approach.


1,514

tons of WEEE recycled in 2016

1,175

tons of florescent tubes and light bulbs recycled in 2016

Reducing packaging consumption

Packaging consumption is inherent to Rexel’s distribution business. Efforts to limit its use involve adapting the size of packaging to that of products, designing innovative recyclable packaging, and choosing reusable materials. In many countries, Rexel’s warehouses have set up a pre-packing system that automatically selects the packaging best suited to the order. Rexel’s subsidiary Conectis has designed a “Roll’n Box,” a cardboard box that is both lighter and more practical than a wooden reel.

Encouraging selective waste sorting

Generalizing selective waste sorting in the Group’s logistics centers enables cardboard boxes, certain kinds of plastic film and wood waste to be recycled. The Group also encourages its branches to implement selective sorting and, for subsidiaries depending on local waste collection services, to sign waste collection and recycling contracts with private service providers. Two thirds of the waste generated is thus recycled (67% in 2016). Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling is ensured in 15 countries

The digitization of catalogues and brochures, the dematerialization of order processes, collaboration with the main printing solutions service provider, and employee awareness-raising campaigns have enabled a reduction in paper consumption.

-10%

of energy consumption in 2016 vs. 2015

-4.7%

of water consumption in 2016 vs. 2015

-4.2%

of paper consumption in 2016 vs. 2015