Airedale in the Green

We are delighted to announce Airedale Chemical has been today shortlisted for the industry recognised Green Apple Environment Awards within the Commerce and Industry Category – The annual international campaign recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice in business.

As reported back in April, the brainchild of Karen Waddington, Airedale Chemical Health & Safety Advisor, went about launching the businesses ‘zero to landfill’ campaign which aimed to abolish all on-site waste being sent to landfill. The Zero to Landfill project began by an assessment of all wastes accumulated on our production facility in Cross Hills, West Yorkshire. Waste streams were followed from beginning to the end of use.  Most waste streams were identified as travelling into general waste skips of which 11% of the waste was sent to landfill. Other wastes such as light plastics and cardboard were placed into crates and taken away at a cost. Once these waste streams were determined, further research was undertaken to see if the waste materials could either be recycled or reused. “We took a commercial and ethical decision to help the environment by recycling all wastes and prevent any being sent to landfill” added Karen.

On 2nd February 2015 a baler was purchased and installed on-site with its own designated bay so that all cardboard waste could be baled and efficiently stored ready for collection from our designated recycling partner. The project involved an initial outlay of £3,752.00 however all recyclable material collected would be rebated, “it was established that upon the amount of rebate offered to us from our recycling partner the initial investment into the  baler itself would be paid off within 10 – 12 months – commercially and environmentally the move was beneficial”.

Airedale Chemical are extremely privileged to be acknowledged by the Green Apple Awards for making a positive impact on the environment and improving sustainability through our award shortlisting.

The glittering presentation will be held in the House of Commons, London in November later this year – Fingers crossed we scoop the award.

 

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