By returning HDPE membrane off-cuts from site to Newton headquarters in Tonbridge via backloads, the material is then initially processed in-house. Working closely with the UK’s largest non-profit recycling organisation RECOUP in order to set up the necessary relationships with both a plastics reprocessor and an end-manufacturer who will use the recycled material.
Newton is the first waterproofing materials supplier to initiate a “back to base” membrane recycling service in the market sector. It will achieve both waste reduction and reduced reliance on landfill.
The process achieves a “closed loop”, in which the plastic is eventually re-used in other products within the UK construction industry. One such example would be the use of the reprocessed membrane in order to manufacture brand new HDPE pipework.
To date, 8 tonne bags of membrane has been returned to Newton by backloads, saving also on carbon emissions of associated waste removal. This is tracked by the contractor from whom it came. By then weighing and recording all incoming membranes, the quantities can be reported back to the Newton Specialist Basement Contractor on a quarterly basis.
The Newton Membrane Recycling Service is an entirely non-profit scheme and will actively ensure that all proceeds are either donated to charitable causes or invested back into other organisations within the plastics recycling industry. This will enable high quality recycled plastics products such as HDPE pipework for construction or outdoor furniture and play equipment to be manufactured and donated to local schools and communities.
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