We actively promote the maximum recycling potential of our demolition arisings. This helps reduce the mining of aggregates and minimises the burden to landfill.
Hughes and Salvidge are aware of their Corporate Social Responsibility and strive to provide sustainable and environmentally conscious service offerings. We are committed to the protection of the environment and are constantly looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
It is Company policy that wherever possible, site generated waste materials are recycled and the use of landfill is minimised to those wastes that cannot be recycled. Where possible, Hughes and Salvidge aim to recycle over 95% of the materials reclaimed. These are collated and segregated into appropriate areas ready to be processed further. Our group offering (K&B Crushers, Aasvogel Waste Management and H&S Metals) enable us to provide cost effective recycling solutions for our clients.
Hughes and Salvidge are ISO 14001 accredited and with this comes an increase in environmental awareness and training. Currently the company carries out comprehensive environmental tool box talks and issues site memos whenever there is a need. As members of the NFDC we undertake to comply with industry and British standards and WRAP directives.
Generally, the following waste streams are produced:
Loaded into roll on/off containers.
This is then taken to a plasterboard recycling facility.
Loaded into containers.
This is then taken to a timber recycling facility for chipping or reprocessing.
- Fluorescent Light fittings
Places in a dedicated container and sent to a specialist processing and recycling facility.
These are sorted into non-ferrous and ferrous metals. Non-ferrous is transferred to the facility, H&S Metals at our Head Office for further processing. This maximises the value for recycling. Ferrous metals are processed on site into various grades and then transported to specialist recycling providers, ensuring maximum returns.
Glass is removed as part of the demolition process and is not normally re-used. Previous risk assessments have determined that removing glass by demolition plant is safer than removal by hand. The glass is loaded, where practicable, into bins specifically for this type of waste.
- General waste
The general waste to landfill is made up of all the items that do not fit into the above categories or cannot be salvaged once the reclaim avenue has been exhausted. It is not in Hughes & Salvidge’s or your environmental or financial interest to send bulk volumes to landfill.
All Asbestos containing materials removed are packaged and disposed of in compliance with the Asbestos Regulations and HSE requirements.
- Brick and concrete
Where possible these are excavated, crushed on site and used for fill.
Corporate Objectives/ targets
As part of our ISO 14001 accreditation and EMS, we have set Corporate Objectives which have been agreed as follows:
- Strive to continue zero accident rate (zero accidents for past 3 years)
- Strive to maintain no enforcement action
- Minimum 90% recycling of waste by weight
- Review project paperwork systems both on site and in the office
- Provision of tender packs for all pre-start meetings
- As a minimum carry out a bi-annual management review
- Maintain competency training for all staff