Each year, we actively look for ways to improve our procedures and reduce our environmental impact even further. We are maximising the reduction, recycling and recovery of waste in both process and packaging through the following initiatives:
Our products provide no direct risk of pollution to either the air or water.
Stable and inert waste products can either be reused, recycled or (where not possible) used as bulk material for landscaping etc. This reduces the environmental impact of waste to landfill and reduces raw material usage in the cement manufacturing process.
We operate a scheme to make sure that crushed hardcore can be used as aggregate replacement in our concrete products. As well as saving valuable resources, this reduces our impact on local neighbourhoods and reduces the haulage of raw materials. The remainder of hard waste from production is sent for use in road construction rather than to landfill.
We pride ourselves with the highly efficient distribution of our products, the timeliness of deliveries, and the quality/condition our products arrive to our customers in.
On the roads we use eco-friendly, low-emission and fuel-efficient lorries that are regularly serviced. We also make sure that there is a return load for every trip where possible, to optimise vehicle usage.
The packaging used to protect the product during transit and storage on-site or in the distribution yard is continually reviewed, and wherever possible reduced to lower the impact of waste without compromising quality and integrity.
Timber used in our pallets is sourced from FSC managed forests, and wherever possible, recyclable cardboard and plastics are used for banding, interleaves, bags and boxes.
Wherever possible, all our sites reduce, re-use or recycle waste, rather than send it to landfill. We have installed a waste-to-energy power plant at one of our factories, converting all sorts of waste, from cement bags to irreparably damaged timber pallets, to heat.
Waste created during the manufacturing process is minimised, and wherever possible is re-used in the production of new products.
Additionally, at the end of their life, our tiles and slates can be recycled and used as aggregate in other concrete products and in cement production.
The re-use and recycle of waste materials reduces demand for quarrying of virgin material, reduces the amount of waste going to landfill in local areas near our sites and reduces energy consumption. All roof tiles are delivered on timber pallets manufactured from FSC certified sources, and we operate a returnable pallet scheme and we are saving around 1,000 tonnes of timber per year. Any pallets that are beyond repair are either chipped for recycling or fed into a waste-to-energy incinerator.