HIGHLY COMMENDED: RMF Installation & Services (above)
Warwickshire-based RMF is a supplier and installer of raised access flooring for office interiors, utilising its Eco-range of recycled products. It sources floors that are being replaced to offer back as a cost-effective solution for future projects, which addresses a huge landfill problem. Raised floors are hard to recycle because they consist of a galvanised steel chipboard core which is virtually impossible to separate. In January, the company co-ordinated with several demolition firms to reclaim 30,000sq m of raised floor where a total of 85,000 panels will be recycled.
RG Group (below)
Kent-based RG Group was appointed main contractor on a retail development at Dorridge, West Midlands. The project was seen as an opportunity to see how much waste could be minimised, maximise recycling opportunities and trial sustainable solutions. Key achievements included: 78 tonnes of waste reused within the local community; 99.9% of waste diverted from landfill; waterless urinals saved 140 litres of water per week; rainwater harvesting saved 3,000 litres of water; biodiversity area created in key urban area; and a schools programme saw 1,800 trees planted.
British Gypsum (BG) & Bywaters
Effective waste management has always been a priority for BG as it makes good environmental and business sense. Bywaters strives to make recycling easy for its customers. It provides BG with a closed loop recycling solution for its plasterboard via a dedicated facility, which means the same material can be recycled and reused continuously. In 2012, BG and Bywaters recovered around 30,000 tonnes of waste plasterboard for use in new products. BG recycles 100% of the waste produced from its own manufacturing process.
tRIIO is a Morrison Utility Services and Skanska joint venture replacing thousands of miles of old iron gas mains on behalf of National Grid. Gas industry regulator Ofgem recently changed the way the sector can raise money and named it RIIO: Revenue = Incentive + Innovation + Output. RIIO is about a greater drive for efficiency, to be greener and more innovative when replacing gas mains. RIIO is already outperforming 90% waste recycled target by challenging industry norms. Technological innovations and collaborations are a key factor, focusing on material efficiency and waste reduction. To date, tRIIO has leveraged more than £2m in funding to develop alternative technology to reduce waste.
Greener Surfacing takes old road planings and recycles them into asphalt for use in roads and pavements. Its Greener Surfacing product is 100% recycled, and produces huge CO2e savings at a cost lower than new-equivalent materials. The approved surface course outperforms new surface course because it includes rubber pellets in the mix, which guarantees performance. The company invested in a screener to reduce granite use from 20% to 12.5%, and it identified a new oil that rejuvenates aged bitumen. A 100% natural by-product of the paper and pulping industries, it is set to eliminate use of granite and additives.
The West Midlands company, which supplies MDF door linings, architraves, skirting and window boards to house builders and DIY merchants, embarked on a programme of waste reduction and recycling. It has since generated more than £750,000 in revenue and reduced landfill diversion and waste contractor costs by 85%. Sawdust is by far the largest waste stream for Fibercill, which now recycles it for sale as animal bedding. For offcut waste, it collaborated with the major MDF producers. The reduction of MDF standard stock sheet lengths that are used for door linings resulted in 100% utilisation of stock sheets and zero waste production. The company also segregates and recycles 100% of plastic banding waste, which is sold to local business Plastic Recycle UK.
Plastic Surgeon (below)
Bovey Tracey, Devon-based Plastic Surgeon’s nationwide cosmetic repair service saves damaged interior and exterior surfaces, including plastic, glass, wood, laminate, ceramic, metal, brick, stone and marble, from being thrown into landfill. The specialist repairs enable businesses and homeowners to have damaged items repaired in-situ rather than having to replace them. Every year, the company’s repairs save more than 2,000 tonnes from going to landfill on new construction and housebuild sites and in existing buildings such as universities, offices, hotels and houses. In 2014, the company repaired 82,839 items.