We aim to use resources efficiently, to reduce waste and increase recycling. Our key commitments include:

Electronic waste (e.g. IT and mobile phones)

  • Establish electronic equipment recycling contracts.
  • Encourage local arrangements for computer re-use.

Office consumables (e.g. paper, card, cans, plastic bottles, toner cartridges)

  • Establish recycling contracts at all locations for standard office consumable items.

Kitchen waste

  • Phase out disposable crockery and drinking cups.

In 2010, we focused on establishing preferred suppliers of waste and recycling services across our top 18 markets (representing over 70% of our headcount). This makes it easier for our operating companies to manage their waste efficiently and set up recycling. We also continued to focus on reducing waste and increasing recycling at our top 100 locations.

We are in the process of appointing a global IT vendor to manage our obsolete IT equipment including laptops, desktops, phones and servers. Our goal is for obsolete IT equipment to be refurbished and sold for reuse or, if this is not possible, to be broken down for recycling. Disposal is a last resort and must be done in an environmentally-responsible way, in line with regulatory requirements and data security best practice.

WPP companies use mobile technology extensively and handsets are frequently upgraded. Employees in Europe can recycle their used mobile equipment with Regenersis. We have similar arrangements for mobile phone recycling in Asia Pacific.

We aim to reduce paper waste through our managed print program.

Waste recycling data for 2010 is as follows:

Waste recycled kg
Mobile/cell phones 787
Computer equipment 101,912
Paper and cardboard 3,972,994
Printer cartridges 61,424
Other waste recycled 602,752
Total recycled 4,739,869