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Window firm puts recycled wood into good use

Wood off-cuts are being recycled and used to fuel the factory of a sash window maker and restorer in South West London. Specialised equipment used for the recycling process was part funded by the Carbon Trust and Refurb-a-Sash said the move has reduced the number of skip lorries it uses by 50%. The Richmond based firm added that the initiative had also helped it reduce the amount it landfilled, reduced carbon emissions and noise pollution and improved road safety for local residents. Refurb-a-Sash managing director Adrian Thompson said: The economics for us becoming green were overwhelming. We have reduced our gas bills to zero and reduced the number of skip lorries by over 50%. The resultant reduction of noise and carbon emissions has made a positive and significant impact on the area and in particular to the local residents. Thompson added: As a lot of our work is local we will be going electric for a number of our small fleet of cars and vans. The firm hand builds traditional cord and weight operated sash windows for period properties and carries out specialist work on conservation projects and listed and heritage properties. Refurb-a-Sash windows are made from selected timber from renewable sources and use the latest glass technology to save heat and reduce noise.

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