Synseal Extrusions recently won a bronze award for Environmental Best Practice at the Green Apple Awards presented at the House of Commons.
Synseal was recognised for successfully achieving its objective of reducing its landfill waste to zero. “This was an ambitious environmental objective for a high volume PVC-U extrusion company, due to the very nature of wastes that are produced on site,” the company said in its submission statement.
“In achieving the Zero Waste to Landfill objective, Synseal Extrusions would ensure that all operational and canteen wastes produced on site are sent for recycling where recycling routes exist. Non recyclable wastes would then be disposed of through Energy from Waste recovery (incineration) therefore eliminating the need for landfill.”
The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment. This year there were more than 500 nominations.
Synseal impressed the judges by recycling 284 tonnes of plastic, wood, cardboard, aluminium, mixed recyclables (drinks cans, plastic bottles etc), polypropylene and mixed metal in the last 6 months.
A further 264 tonnes of PVC-U waste was recycled, along with 12 tonnes of gasket waste that replaced virgin material in the manufacturing process. In total, Synseal saved £21,168, which is almost triple the set up costs and proves that recycling is profitable.
The Green Apple Awards campaign is run by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.
Synseal’s commitment to the environment was also recognised at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, where it came runner up in the Environmental Efficiency category.
“The runners-up story saw an impressive 64% reduction in waste costs through a very well implemented environmental programme,” the judges said, explaining their reasons behind awarding the prize to Synseal. “This company acted with pace and determination and has gone on to share ideas externally.”