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Plastic in the Environment

Published 20 April 2020 | Written by Tim Guilbert
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle

In our normal process of work, we are regularly stripping small sections of UPVc coating off our lightning protection tapes and the method we use produces quite small slivers that could easily be picked up or even digested by birds and animals, as well as the more obvious creation of waste in working areas when left. To combat this, we…

Reinforced Velcro ties used to secure Heras fencing

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Sustainable solutions

The project team carried out an investigation into what items produced the highest amount of single-use plastic. Through this investigation it was identified that plastic cable ties used to hold scaffold guards and Heras fencing were one of the biggest issues. These have been replaced with reinforced and reusable fabric Velcro ties.

Closed Loop Recycling Scheme for Signage

Published 16 March 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesBranding Enclosures Plastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Signage Signage

At Great Portland Estate’s Hanover Square project, the Mace team have implemented a closed loop recycling scheme for site signage. This initiative has meant that signage made from plastics that are traditionally disposed of via the waste and logistics contractor, are instead collected on site and returned to the supplier (Octink) as part of a closed loop recycling scheme, meaning…

Stopping Single-use Safety Signage going to Landfill

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Signage Sustainable solutions

After being asked by several leading construction companies about the need for a reduction in single use plastic, Lee Brothers set about the usual challenge of reducing areas like plastic cups, packing etc. However, one area that stood out where they could make a considerable difference was around single use signage and how they dispose of it. After discussing with…

Mad Science Sustainability Lab

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Nalise Hahn
CategoriesAwareness Campaigns Community liaison Plastics and packaging Schools Sustainable solutions

As part of delivering our corporate responsibility targets relating to community engagement on this project, we have partnered with a company called Mad Science to deliver an informative series of sustainability workshops to a local school. Mad Science’s Sustainability Lab workshop programme is much easier to teach, more engaging and is much less stressful than a mass field trip to…

Biodegradable Overshoes

Published 24 February 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesAir quality Green purchasing Plastics and packaging Post-completion impact Reduce Sustainable solutions

As part of Mace’s Time to Act campaign to reduce single use plastics on site, the Hanover Square project team procured oxo-biodegradable overshoes rather than the widely used non-biodegradable overshoes. During fit-out and installation of permanent floor finishes, a significant number of overshoes can be used to access apartments or specific areas each day, creating a high volume of single-use…

Window Protection

Published 17 February 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesGreen purchasing Plastics and packaging Reduce

We have started using a spray on window protection, which is more environmentally friendly than protecting glass with plastics and tape. It is easily applied with a roller or spray, and it protects window panes from plaster, mortar and paints. If you use a long handled roller, it reduces the need for working at height. But in times of being…

Plastic Campaign

Published 17 December 2019 | Written by Abigail Elliott
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Signage

In light of the ever growing awareness of plastic waste and its impact on the environment, JRL Group has launched a plastic reduction campaign across the business. As part of our strategy, we are going further than working with our supply chains and are incorporating ways to support reducing plastic within the day to day activities of our employees. We…

Bottles with a Difference

Published 17 December 2019 | Written by Nalise Hahn
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Goodwill Plastics and packaging Policy Reduce Suppliers Sustainable solutions

As part of our Responsible Business Strategy, one of our commitments is to reduce the 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste that Mace generates each year. Plastic cups and bottles are just some of the products that we throw away every day and many of these are only used once. ​​So the Mac​e team at Greenwich Square decided to source project…

Plastics Scorecard

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Lynne Potter
CategoriesInspections Plastics and packaging Reduce Report to company level

At Mace, we launched our ‘Time To Act’ campaign on plastics in 2018. We have companywide focuses for elimination, reduction, trialling alternatives, and sharing our successes with our other projects to replicate. As part of our construction focus we developed a ‘plastics scorecard’. This is a checklist with a number of pre-requisites, along with many additional options for plastic reduction…

EPS Cutting Box

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Bill Anderson
CategoriesDebris Plastics and packaging

The onsite cutting and shaping of EPS board can result in lightweight polystyrene beads dropping on the floor and being blown around in windy conditions, this can result in a build up of these beads in flowerbeds and rainwater gullies, for example. The waste can build up quickly and scatter around a large area due to its lightweight nature making…

Bespoke Re-usable Racking/ Stillages

Published 16 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement policy Plastics and packaging Reduce Sustainable solutions

To reduce packaging waste Thorpes have designed bespoke re-usable racking/ stillages for transporting joinery components to site. The racking/ stillages come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit on their delivery vehicle’s tail lift. The racking/ stillages also help reduce manual handling.

Re-usable Bottles

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Marilla King-Smith
CategoriesAwareness Planting Plastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce

We have launched new KpH Reusable Bottles at our Strip Out sites. The initiative came about as a result of the ‘Spotlight on… plastics and packaging’ campaign (to assess how much single-use plastic we were producing on-site) and as part of our wider Waste Management Review. We asked our site at Bishopsgate to save their drinks bottles for two weeks….

Expanded Polystyrene Recycling

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Jake Phillips
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions

When ENGIE was contracted to replace the cladding at Eyot House in Bermondsey, our commitment to be at the forefront of environmentally conscientious construction methods demanded a creative approach to recycling and repurposing the old expanded polystyrene (EPS) removed from the building. The existing EWI system comprised an insulation layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) board, for which it was important…

Plastics and Packaging Actions: Creating Bird Feeders

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Attracta Mathews
CategoriesAwareness Careers advice Post-completion impact Schools

GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership recently hosted 14 girls aged 10–13 from the Women’s Tec Summer Scheme GIRLTEC Academy to raise awareness of environmental considerations in construction projects. The workshop formed part of a practical visit to the GBHP Royal Victoria Hospital site to encourage female pupils to consider future careers in construction. The visit included talks and hands on activities from…