‘Target Zero’ commits Wates to implementing policies to achieve its ambitious goal over a period of four years – moving from 70,000 tonnes or 40 per cent non-hazardous waste to landfill in 2006 to zero by the end of 2010. To deliver on this commitment, the business has introduced a new ethos – reduce, reuse and recycle.
Runner Up: F M Conway
By using processed gully water and recycled aggregate as part of its contract to undertake road repairs for a number of councils, highways maintenance company F M Conway divert around 200,000 tonnes of waste concrete and asphalt from landfill every year. The company’s drainage treatment plant produces enough water to wash 7000 tonnes of recycled concrete ballast per day.
Runner Up: Green-Tech
GT Greentree is an environmentally friendly and sustainable replacement for increasingly-scarce good quality topsoil. The product has been developed in partnership with Yorkshire Water from organic compost, processed green waste and local quarried sand – substances all previously classified as waste.
Runner Up: Knauf Drywall
Since it began its national collection scheme for plasterboard off-cuts, Knauf Drywall has recycled 10,000 tonnes of what could have been waste to landfill. The collection scheme aims to respond to a wide range of project types and site logistics and can offer a number of different systems.
Runner Up: Seddon
By setting up its own waste transfer station in Bolton, G and J Seddon Ltd has been managing to achieve recycling rates of 88 per cent on a volume of 32,000 tonnes per year. Another station in Merseyside, a joint venture with housing and construction companies, clears 12,000 tonnes with a recycling rate of 80 per cent.