For all environmental matters our policy is to promote and operate processes and procedures, which, so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid or minimise the contamination of water, air and the ground. We manage the waste streams which are generated through our activities responsibly and we aim to dispose of waste properly in ways which minimise the likelihood of harming the environment. Waste is separated at source and stored until specialist contractors can dispose it of in the most appropriate and effective manner. This includes recycling and reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill across our locations. The company continues to work closely with its waste management partners to improve performance and continually monitors these aspects and the impacts our operations have on the environment.
In both the UK and Spain, Northgate have maintained the internationally recognised Environmental Standard ISO 14001.
During the year, we were able to recycle or recover 100 % of all waste streams generated and collected from our vehicle repair workshops in the UK. We were able to recycle or recover 80 % of all waste streams generated and collected from our Spanish operations. We continue to work closely with our waste management partners to improve waste management arrangements and performance across the Group.
As at 30 April 2015, the UK business operated from a total of 91 locations including 76 rental sites. The Spanish business operates from a total of 38 locations including 23 rental sites. The vast majority of these sites are located on industrial estates, so our activities have minimal impact on the local community of the areas in which we operate.