Stores to compete to become 'Green Store Champion 2007'
Homebase has launched an in-store challenge to promote environmental awareness amongst staff.
The challenge will work towards reducing energy use and waste.
Measured over 12 months and focusing on different waste issues each quarter, green points will be awarded to each store.
Points will be given for reductions in the amount of waste that is sent to landfill; improvements to the way plastics, paper printed materials and cardboard are recycled; a reduction in the amount of energy and water used in-store and a reduction in the amount of carrier bags used.
Each store will have its own 'green champion' who will encourage staff to save on waste and think of new ways to make an environmental difference.
"Ultimately the scheme aims to embed the environmental message in everyday practices," Homebase said.
In recognition of their commitment and enthusiasm to the scheme, the winning store will have an acre of woodland dedicated to them and will be named Homebase Green Store Champion 2007.
Charles Drewe, sustainability manager for Homebase, said: "This is one of many programmes to catch the imagination of our store colleagues and lead to improvements in overall company waste targets."
Longer term, Homebase is working towards a consumer campaign, which is planned for release later this year.