Procurement Policy 2018
In line with the ReCon values of integrity, understanding, excellence, unity, and
Our sustainability policy principles are to:
1. Conduct our business with responsibility, integrity and respect, maintaining high ethical
2. Provide a safe, healthy and fair workplace.
3. Generate economic value through enhancing what we offer to our customers.
4. Respect the environment, working with our customers and our suppliers to improve the
environmental profile of our processes and products.
5. Make a positive impact on the communities where we operate.
We recognise that to have the maximum benefit we must seek to apply these principles
throughout our supply chains.
Responsible Procurement is an important element in delivering the ReCon Principles.
Our Procurement Policy explains how we will work with suppliers to ensure they share our
The Policy will become an integral part of our procurement processes. It will drive for
transparency, adherence to laws, regulations, minimum standards and continuous
improvement whilst ensuring that ReCon procures its raw materials, goods and services in a
Responsible Procurement will be given systematic consideration alongside factors such as
price and quality. We encourage our suppliers to work with us and to improve continuously
with respect to the Policy.
Our Responsible Procurement Policy has the following principles which are detailed in the
• Health & Safety – we expect our suppliers to adopt management practices in respect of
Health & Safety which provide a high level of safeguarding for their workers.
• Fair Business Practices – the ReCon Code of Conduct outlines the ethical standards and
fair business practices by ReCon conducts business and we expect our suppliers to
adopt similar principles.
• Environmental Protection – we expect suppliers to maintain effective policies, processes
and procedures to manage their environmental impact.
• Local Community Development – we expect our suppliers to contribute to the social and
economic development of the communities in which they operate.
ReCon requires its suppliers to abide by all local applicable laws and regulations and to
have systems in place that prove they are doing so. In addition, we expect our suppliers to
adhere to the specific requirements of the Policy and to apply these expectations. Supplier
and Contractors staff working on the ReCon site will abide by all relevant laws, regulations
and standards. We expect our suppliers to be open and to collaborate with ReCon to further
improve responsible practices in the four principles of the Policy. Suppliers and Contractors
can expect ReCon to carry out our business following these principles too.
ReCon recognises that there are differences in the supplier base in terms of their scale, scope
and operations. The Policy is designed to work for the whole supplier base, although aspects
of auditing, meetings, discussions and review sessions will vary both in terms of timing and
areas of focus. In covering our entire supplier base, the Policy will be implemented in such a
way as to maximise our impact on improving sustainability issues.
The 4 Principles
1. Health & Safety
We expect our suppliers to adopt management practices in respect of Health & Safety which
provide a high level of safeguarding for their workers. We are committed to ensuring zero
harm to our employees and our contractors. This means that we will not willingly allow
practices within our supply chain which we feel could result in harm to workers and
To satisfy our requirements under Health & Safety, we require that our suppliers adopt
suitable and robust management practices for Health & Safety. Suppliers who have
management systems accredited to OHSAS 18001 or equivalent will be deemed to satisfy
In the absence of this framework, we recommend that similar Health & Safety policies and
practices are adhered to.
2. Fair Business Practices
ReCon expects ethical standards and the fair business practices by which ReCon conducts
business to be adopted by our suppliers and contractors.
We require suppliers to maintain effective policies, processes and procedures to manage their
ReCon is committed to meeting the requirements of relevant legislation in N.Ireland, to the
efficient use of natural resources and energy, and to reducing continuously the environmental
impact of its operations and products through the adoption of sustainable practices. These
commitments are integral to the way ReCon does business and we expect our suppliers to
share this commitment.
To satisfy our requirements under environment, we require that our suppliers adopt suitable
and robust management practices for environmental protection. Suppliers who have
management systems accredited to ISO 14001 or equivalent will be deemed to satisfy this
In the absence of this framework we recommend that similar Environmental policies and
practises are adhered to.
• Management systems – implementation of effective environmental and energy management
systems to ensure the environmental awareness of the workforce, encouraging every
employee to act in an environmentally responsible manner.
• Continuous improvement – the environmental impact of processes and products will be
assessed and continuous improvement objectives and targets will be established.
• Climate change – adoption of practices to monitor and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
• Responsible use of resources – make efficient use of energy, raw materials and water.
Product stewardship – consideration to be given to re-use and recycling and the
environmental effects of products throughout their life-cycle.
• Biodiversity – wildlife habitats in and around suppliers’ sites will be respected and, where
opportunities arise to do so in a way that is conducive to business operations, they will be
progressively enhanced for the benefit of nature.
5. Local Community Development
We expect our suppliers to contribute to the social and economic development of the
communities in which they operate, as this is also an integral core part of the ReCon ethos.
Where relevant, we expect that our suppliers will:
• Engage at the earliest practical stage with likely affected parties to discuss and respond to
issues and conflicts concerning the management of social impacts of their operations and
ensure that appropriate systems are in place for ongoing interaction with affected parties.
• Contribute to community development from project development through closure in
collaboration with host communities and their representatives.
• Encourage partnerships with governments and non-governmental organisations to ensure
that programmes (such as community health, education, local business development) are
well designed and effectively delivered.
Environmental Performance Report
Key Performance Trends
This report details the environmental key performance indicators for all of ReCon Waste
Management’s business activity between 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. This is the first annual
performance report produced by the company in a bid to reduce our impact on the environment.
The report runs from October 31 st to November 1 st each year.
Figure 1. shows the electricity that has be used in all aspects of business activity.
45% more electricity was used in 16/17 compared to 15/16. This can be attributed to a number of
factors. Production hours on site rose due to the increased tonnage being recycled. Incoming waste
tonnage increased by 90.38%. As well as this a new three phase plant was installed to replace an
existing diesel plant. This equipment typically operates 8 hours per day which significantly increased
electricity usage. Figure 2 shows the electricity consumption per tonne has fallen from 2.36 kWh to
1.81kWh. This is a significant reduction that we hope will go some way to help protecting the
Carbon dioxide has been shown to be one of the main gases contributing to the greenhouse gas
effect and global warming. In a bid to reduce our impact on global warming we have been recording
the CO 2 produced by our business activity. The two main areas by which CO 2 is produced are
electricity consumption and fuel consumption. Figure 2 shows the how much CO2 has been
produced in the last two years.
Figure 3. shows that we have achieved a 20.4% reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide produced
per tonne of material recycled year on year. This could be attributed to a number of different
reasons. Firstly we have made an effort to reduce the amount of vehicle trips made by increasing
payloads. This has been achieved by using articulated grab lorries instead of RORO lorries. More
waste can be collected in one trip and several sites can be service in the one run. Secondly an effort
has been made to increase the efficiency and productivity of processing equipment on site. This was
achieved by converting existing diesel machines to three-phase electric and installing new
equipment which can process waste much more efficiently.