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Wickes & the Environment

The Wickes name goes as far back as 1854, when Henry Dunn Wickes and his brother started a modest operation in the local lumber business in Michigan, USA.

Wickes is fully committed to minimising the company's impact on the environment.

We are taking positive steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste from our stores, offices and distribution centres, whilst making a concerted effort to source our materials and products from environmentally responsible suppliers and manufacturers.

As part of the Travis Perkins Group, Wickes environmental management controls are externally certified to the international standard ISO 14001 and Wickes contributes to the achievement of performance targets against which progress is publicly reported.

Product Choices

Wickes sells a number of products such as insulation, thermostatic radiator valves, composters and water butts that will help you make environmental improvements around the home. We are also phasing out non efficient light bulbs from our range.


More than a third of Wickes products contain some timber or timber fibre. Much of the timber used in these products is produced by Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) certified companies. FSC is an international organisation that promotes responsible management of the world's forests. Buying FSC certified products from Wickes guarantees that they contain timber harvested from forests managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. You'll see the FSC logo on many of our timber products and this is your assurance that the timber has come from a responsible source.

Wickes is currently looking into ways of increasing the percentage of its timber sourced through chains of custody, a process overseen by the WWF Forest and Trade Network.


Waste Management

Wickes has developed a waste management strategy that aims to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill sites, increasing the percentage of recycled or reclaimed material used by the company.

Plastic and cardboard packaging is recycled at our Northampton distribution centre and all stores that can accommodate them now have a separate skip for recycling cardboard.

Future projects currently under development include plans to recycle plastic packaging waste produced by individual stores and to reduce the amount of packaging you take home around our products.

Recycling electrical waste with Wickes

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force on 1 July 07.

Under the legislation electrical products must be marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol , in order to help consumers identify that the product must not be disposed of with household waste, but instead should be taken to a WEEE collection point for recycling.

Wickes has joined together with other UK Retailers to establish a national fund - the Distributor Take-back Scheme.

The Distributor Take-back Scheme provides funding to Local Council Civic Amenity Sites, enabling them to receive electrical waste from consumers and arrange for it to be recycled. As Wickes is a member of scheme we do not offer a WEEE take-back services in our stores.

For further details click WEEE recycling. To locate your nearest WEEE collection point go to

Recycling electrical waste with Wickes

Recycling batteries with Wickes

The Waste Batteries & Accumulators Regulations came into force on 1 February 2010.

Under the legislation batteries must be marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol, in order to help consumers identify that the product must not be disposed of with household waste, but instead should be taken to a battery collection point for recycling.

All Wickes stores contain battery recycling bins to enable customers to recycle household batteries. Customers are not required to purchase new batteries when returning old batteries.

To locate your nearest battery collection point, go to

Single use Carrier Bags

In October 2015 England followed suit with Wales and Scotland and on the 5th October introduced a 5p charge for single use carrier bags. All monies raised from the sale of carrier bags through Wickes will be donated to good causes

The latest carrier bag records for Wales, Scotland and England can be found below:

More Information

For more information on any of our environmental initiatives please contact us at

You can also check these links for more information on Wickes' environmental partner organisations: