Makita and the Environment
At every stage of a products life, Makita does it's utmost to ensure its environmental impact is at a minimum. From the first stages of manufacturing through to shipping and usage, each Makita product is known to be efficient and recyclable, otherwise it wouldn't even leave the drawing board.
One of our most significant initiatives with Makita products has been the push towards safer, longer life and more environmentally aware batteries. This ongoing task started many years ago with the push away from an over reliance on Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) as a power source for our cordless tools.
Makita also has a successful recycling program in place to take your dead batteries off your hands and give them a new lease of life, either as a brand new battery or any number of recycled plastic and metal parts. Whichever way, our batteries are unlikely to end up in a landfill.
Here at Makita UK we have cut our CO2 usage within the head office by 3.75% over the last year. We plan to cut our usage it by another 3% by the end of 2010.
Makita's manufacturing process has also taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment, with efforts to ban harmful chemicals from its manufacturing plants across the world. As of 2010, Makita are fully compliant with both Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) initiatives.
Makita UK Ltd are registered in the UK with the relevant authorities enforcing the WEEE, Battery and Waste Packaging regulations.
WEEE producer number: WEE/CA0085VZ / Battery producer number: BPRN00533 / Waste packaging number: NPWD174282
Makita (UK) Ltd is a professional and environmentally conscious organisation, which acknowledges the impact that our operations may potentially have on the environment. The clear objective of Makita (UK) Ltd is to minimise any impact on the environment by:
- Preventing pollution, reducing waste and ensuring, wherever practicable, that measures are implemented to protect and preserve natural habitats, flora and fauna.
- Considering the effects that our operations may have on the local community.
- Taking action to eliminate or reduce, as far as practicable, any potentially adverse environmental impacts.
- Promoting environmental awareness amongst our suppliers, contractors and partners by implementation of operational procedures.
- Seeking to work in partnership with the community by behaving in a considerate and socially responsible manner.
- Ensuring effective and expedient incident control, investigation and reporting.
Managerial and supervisory staff have responsibilities for the implementation of the policy and must ensure that environmental issues are given adequate consideration in the planning and day-to-day supervision of all work.
Makita (UK) Ltd will fully comply with the duties placed upon it within the requirements of legislation, whilst at all times complying with, as a matter of best practice, the requirements and duties set out within Approved Guidance as issued by the Environment Agency and other organisations. As part of the company's commitment to maintaining the highest levels of environmental management, it is the intention that the company will work towards environmental management systems compliant with ISO14001.
All employees and sub-contractors are expected to co-operate and assist in the implementation of this policy, whilst ensuring that their own works, so far as is reasonably practicable, are carried out without risk to themselves, others or the environment. This includes co-operating with management on any environment related matter.
Makita (UK) Ltd will take all practical steps to ensure that potential hazards and risks to the environment are identified and that suitable and effective preventive and control measures are implemented. All employees will be provided with the necessary resources, equipment, information, instruction and training to fulfill the requirements of this policy.
The directors have overall responsibility for all environmental matters. The operation of this policy and the associated procedures will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they remain current and applicable to the company's activities. This policy has been endorsed by the board of directors which gives its full support to its implementation.