Sustainability

What we do

Homebase is committed to reducing our impact on the environment in all areas of our business.

Our long-term commitment is to continue to raise awareness and promote sustainability among our team members, suppliers, customers and communities.

Policies

Modern Slavery Statement can be viewed here.

Timber policy can be viewed here.

Ethical code of conduct can be viewed here.

How you can help

Here are some ways in which you can make a difference with your environmental impact by disposing of household goods safely.

Electrical Waste

Check your electrical goods for the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol to see if your item can be disposed of within household waste. All electrical goods with the symbol from the Waste electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive can be disposed of at a WEEE collection point for recycling.


To find your nearest WEEE collection point visit www.recycle-more.co.uk

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Batteries

Waste batteries can be returned free of charge using the battery waste bin found in our stores. Batteries should never be put in the general household waste or recycling bins as part of the Waste Batteries & Accumulators Regulations.

Paint

Excess paint should be disposed of carefully. Do not empty waste paint into drains, watercourses or access routes to septic tanks and always remove as much product as possible from the brushes, roller or paint pads before washing.

Empty metal and plastic paint tins can be taken to local household recycling centres. For further advice on paint disposal, you can contact the recycling offer at your local council.

Energy Saving Light Bulbs

All energy saving light bulbs (CFLs) should be treated as a hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in household waste. CFLs can be recycled at your local recycling centre.

If you accidentally damage a CFL advice is to evacuate the room for 15 minutes. Use rubber gloves and sticky tape to pick up the broken glass and wipe the area where the CFL smashed with a damp cloth. You should place the broken glass and used cloth into a sealed bag and take it to the nearest recycling centre for disposal.

Waste Packaging

Cardboard boxes are available for free in our stores as an alternative to carrier bags. Once reused they can be easily recycled in your household recycling collection.

Carrier Bags

We can provide you with a single use carrier bag if you need one for a 5p charge. All monies raised from the sale of carrier bags within Homebase is donated to Greenfingers. Some of the funds raised have been put towards a garden transformation at Keech Hospice, Luton. We are working in partnership to provide a centralised courtyard that provides a peaceful environment to the hospice.

We can also provide you with a ‘Bag for Life’ for a 10p charge. Our bags for life are made from 100% recycled materials and will be replaced free of charge when it wears out – we’ll even recycle your old bag for you too when you return it to store.

Information relating to carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland can be viewed here.