Aberdeen Laundry Services Limited (ALS) accepts its ecological responsibility to society and future generations. The management recognises that natural resources are limited and is committed to making everyone aware within the company of its ecological and social responsibilities based on principles of sustainable development.
The management of ALS is committed to a programme of continuous improvement aimed at reducing the harmful environmental effects of our production. We pay particular attention to methods of saving primary natural resources.
The main consideration in our choice of packaging is suitability to complete recycling. For this reason, instead of combined packaging we offer alternatives such as reusable laundry bags. All our retail outlets encourage customers to return the coat hangers we hand out. Our objective is to collect and recycle as much of our packaging material as possible.
We have been working with the Energy Saving Trust for the last two years. As a result we have conducted a thorough audit of our laundry processes and have an on-going capital investment program to implement their recommendations with a view to improving our carbon footprint. We have also extended this program to our distribution network and have implemented numerous eco-friendly policies ranging from a rolling replacement of the ageing fleet to equipping the vans with advanced monitoring equipment to reduce our gross mileage.
The disposal of our dry cleaning waste is carried out as per the scheme laid down by S.E.P.A. (the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) and we work in partnership with them to continuously educate our workforce by attending various seminars they sponsor. We keep a record of production levels on a daily basis and annually submit this data to the relevant statutory bodies.
We aim to keep our employees informed of our environmental protection policy, objectives and results by means of the company newsletter and other internal publications, thereby striving to encourage sensitivity towards ecological matters.
Over the coming years we aim to constantly revisit our environmental goals so that the pace of change is ever increasing and this will allow our staff to be central to any action taken.