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NRAs 2014: Resource Management Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Greenstream Flooring CIC

Greenstream Flooring CIC offers a solution for waste carpet tiles which would otherwise go to landfill or energy from waste. It works to reuse the tiles it receives, diverting a waste product from disposal and reducing the need for new, by selling the carpet tiles to the community, individuals, businesses and organisations.

In 2013, Greenstream diverted more than 85,000sq m of carpet tiles, the equivalent of 13 football pitches. This showed a marked increase from 2012, when the equivalent figure was 36,500sq m.

“This showed great thinking around the circular economy. The desire to push materials up the waste hierarchy and have a social impact is worth recognising.”

The Judges

It is seeing increased demand for reused material which, in turn, allows it to take in more material. A basic measure of its growth can be seen in its increase in staff. In 2009 it had two part-time employees, while in 2013 this had increased to four full-time staff and five part-time staff.

During 2013 it also provided 25 people with placements and training – a route through which staff have been acquired, with several people now playing key roles.

Alongside selling carpet tiles to the usual e-commerce and general markets, Greenstream works closely with social landlords and housing associations through a project called Homelife. Through this, it has developed a market for reused carpet ti les for people on low incomes so that they can carpet their homes – housing associations point their tenants in Greenstream’s direction. In 2013, the business supported 920 people on low incomes to afford flooring.

Always prioritising reuse over disposal, the company has also run warehouse clearance events aimed at the local community. When it had many ti les that it considered suitable for temporary flooring for garages, sheds and the like, it gave them away for free.

Since the business was set up in 2009/10, it has seen year-on-year growth in turnover.

The Finalists:

  • Highly Commended: Electrical Waste Recycling Group

Electrical Waste Recycling Group has developed what is said to be a world first and the UK’s only licensed site for the mechanical processing of flat panel displays, handling a growing waste stream. This complements its other WEEE processing capabilities, including a copper cable processing plant, multiple mercury distillation plants and state-of-the-art lamp recycling facility. It has a policy of zero landfill and no recyclate leaving the UK, and provides customers with a transparent audit trail.

  • Derwen Group
  • Devon and Cornwall Food Association
  • J Warren ABP
  • Printwaste Recycling & Shredding
  • Raymond Brown Waste Solutions
  • The Allerton Project

GREENSTREAM FLOORING

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