Ikea is newest member of Repak
Ikea made the decision to join Repak in early 2015 and has now completed the application process
22 April 2015 | 0
Repak has welcomed Ikea as its newest member of Ireland’s packaging recycling compliance scheme.
The Swedish homeware and furniture organisation is a major addition to Repak’s 2,100 strong membership. Previously, Ikea had self-complied, but has made the decision to join Repak in early 2015 and has now completed the application process.
This announcement will see Ikea working with Repak to further increase recycling rates at its Ikea Dublin facility which is the equivalent to five and a half soccer pitches in size and employs over 412 staff. Currently, less than 15% of Ikea waste goes to landfill worldwide.
According to Seamus Clancy, CEO of Repak: “Ikea will work with Repak to build pro-active initiatives to reduce and minimise the variety of packaging materials associated with one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of well designed, functional home-furnishing products. Having Ikea become a member is another milestone for Repak since its inception in 1997. Ikea will join with over 2,100 Repak members and will make a significant contribution to our recycling goals in building on Ireland’s success in packaging recycling.”
Grainne Breen, regional sustainability manager, Ikea said the company is delighted to become a full member of Repak Ireland and is looking forward to working on initiatives that drive the sustainability agenda. “Sustainability is at the core of everything that we do at Ikea from the build and operation of our stores to the manufacturing of our products. We strive to build and maintain sustainable relationships with suppliers, Ikea co-workers and to work with global and local organisations such as Repak who are interested in the areas of environment and social responsibility”.
Founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea has grown worldwide with over 315 stores in 27 countries employing with over 135,000 people. With over 9,000 products, 98% of its home furnishing materials and packaging are renewable, recyclable or recycled.