As a leading textile rental operator in the UK, County Linen recognises that our operations have an effect on the local, regional and ultimately global environment. As a consequence of this, the management are committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and the prevention of pollution. Environmental regulations, laws and codes of practice will be regarded as setting the minimum standards of environmental performance. The managing director is responsible to the board for the company’s performance and implementation of this policy, and will be supported by the individual site senior managers who provide regular reports on progress.
Our approach is guided by a number of principles which all employees are required to support.
The directors set out the responsibility for environmental performance and maintain an adequate system of management, measurement and improvement.
All actions comply with relevant regulations
The business operations are regularly assessed for compliance with policy, performance and achievement of targets.
Employees are encouraged to work in an environmentally responsible manner
Suppliers are encouraged to operate in an environmentally responsible manner
Where appropriate, we will encourage support from customers providing them with products and services that are environmentally responsible in use
Customers are made aware of all environmental policies in the specific areas in which they are in direct contact
The company discusses and reviews action plan progress and performance against targets on a regular basis across all levels of the organisation.
Mechanical and Electrical maintenance engineers seek and identify further measures to increase efficiencies and ensure that plant operates at high efficiency. Contractor performance is reviewed regularly.
Additional audits are conducted by external providers
Electrical equipment, fittings and consumables are purchased with regard to “efficiency”
Targets will be set for reduction of water consumption
Improvements will be delivered through awareness programmes, flow restriction technology, excess capacity reduction and infrastructure maintenance.
Targets will be set for reduction of our landfill waste output and for the increased use of recycling where commercially viable
The use of print paper and ink will be reduced through the continued development if our IT infrastructure and improved staff awareness.
Suppliers are encouraged to have a valid and active environmental policy. When dealing with our suppliers we are increasingly including elements of sustainability and environmental awareness.
Route efficiencies are continuously monitored to ensure optimal efficiency.
Transport for training and meetings will be minimised through “regionalisation” where meetings and training through the increased use of conference calls and computer based training is possible.
Staff are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible.
The board of directors and senior management are committed to the implementation of this policy and will give full backing to all those authorised to carry it out
Employee involvement in environmental matters is encouraged at all levels and will be promoted through training, communication and ongoing re-appraisal of our working routines.