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NRAs 2015 Resource Management Business: Finalists


Élan has adopted a dynamic approach to the environment which has resulted in significant commercial benefits. As part of a comprehensive £250,000 refurbishment of its Inverurie salon, it implemented a series of processes including: PV panels to generate electricity; solar panels and an air-source heat pump to provide energy for hot water; LED lighting; basins that cut water consumption; and low temperature radiators. Élan’s unique solution for disposing of hair clippings is to collect it along with other biodegradable waste and send it to be spread as compost on local farms. Élan also segregates clean recyclates from general waste, including contaminated packaging, gloves and specialist materials, diverting 95% of waste from landfill. 

Helistrat (below)

Helistrat and Poundland

Environmental consultancy and contract management company Helistrat manages more than 85,000 tonnes of material for well-known brands including M&S, Poundland, Ann Summers and Gatwick Airport to unlock the commercial and environmental benefits of more sustainable business models. Helistrat challenges conventional thinking in order to deliver more resource-efficient processes and to optimise the value of the material that clients produce. Helistrat has developed long-term relationships with a network of recycling and resource managers across the UK to provide an unrivalled network of collection and treatment capability.

Recolight (below)

Recolight’s lamp and luminaire co-collection service supports the UK in its mission to be a zero waste society. By creating 2,448 business and 780 consumer waste lamp collection points across the UK, Recolight has driven the UK’s lamp recycling rate from 23.5% in 2009 to 52.8% in 2013.

Recolight’s lamp and luminaire co-collection service

This in turn has led to a significant reduction in the number of lamps being irresponsibly disposed of via landfill. Recolight has also helped to prevent much mercury contamination to air, land and surface water. To date, it has been responsible for preventing 900kg of mercury from going to landfill.

Recofloor (below)


Recofloor is the UK’s vinyl flooring take-back and recycling scheme set up by manufacturers Altro and Polyflor in 2009 to divert waste material from landfill. In less than six years, the scheme’s engagement with all levels of the supply chain has transformed attitudes towards the end-of-life disposal for this material. To date, well over 2,100 tonnes of uplifted flooring and installation offcuts have been collected via different channels, from flooring fitters, contractors and distributors to manufacturers, retailers and construction projects. Smooth and safety flooring offcuts are recycled into new flooring products by Altro and Polyflor. Smooth uplifted flooring goes into traffic management products, such as cones and sign bases.

Bywaters (below)

Bywaters develops recycling and waste management solutions for a wide range of sectors including commercial, industrial, municipal, construction and health.


The company currently services 2,000 customers across the UK and is permitted to handle a total of 800,000 tonnes a year of recycling and waste. Its client base is extensive, including Land Securities and its many iconic buildings, Nando’s, Guy’s & St Thomas’ (NHS Trust), CBRE, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Warner Brothers, Google, Harrods, Saint Gobain British Gypsum, Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute.

McKinstry Waste Management & Recycling

A resource efficient Northern Ireland is at the centre of the company’s business model. It has worked hard to become a leader within the waste management sector by making significant investments in its MRF and fleet of vehicles, implementing an Integrated Management System (consisting of ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001) and building up a committed workforce. The McKinstry team works with customers to create a more collaborative approach.

Hadfield Wood Recyclers (below)

Hadfield is one of the UK’s longest established wood recyclers and a founder of the Wood Recyclers’ Association. This year it celebrates 35 years in business as an innovator and leader in many fields. It is a producer of quality animal bedding products, along with other products such as feedstock for panelboard. It has led the way in manufacturing biomass from waste wood, supplying the UK’s first large-scale wood-derived biomass boiler, as well as exporting to Europe.

Hadfield Wood Recyclers

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