Anyone for Half a Million Mugs of Tea?

Launched in 2017, the Newton Membrane Recycling Service is the first recycling scheme in UK waterproofing. Now, with the release of Newton’s first annual recycling report we can see just how much HDPE plastic was recycled in 2017, and how Newton saved enough energy to make 519,690 mugs of tea…

Why Recycle Waterproofing Membrane?
One of the primary forms of structural waterproofing, cavity drainage membranes are manufactured from HDPE and designed to last for the lifetime of a building. However each year the waterproofing industry sends hundreds of tonnes of off-cuts to landfill, as there was previously no service available for collecting and recycling the material.

With the environmental credentials of many new projects coming under increased scrutiny by assessments such as BREEAM, the ability for any company to trace their waste is therefore a valuable asset when undergoing sustainability assessments.

How Does It Work?
Available through Newton’s Specialist Contractors, the service collects the waste membrane on delivery backloads from across and processes it at Newton’s Kent headquarters. From Newton, it is recycled by a third-party and manufactured into new construction products, therefore achieving a fully ‘closed-loop’ process.

Most important however, is that the service is transparent and traceable, making it possible to track see the waste is generated and produce reports for participating companies on how much they are recycling and how much energy they are saving.

What Have Been The Results?
As a result of Newton’s efforts to ensure the sustainability of their operations, in 2017 a total of 3.255 tonnes of membrane was collected for recycling. There are also several other measurements that we can convert this into to make it a bit more quantifiable:

  • Newton have avoided the release of 3.74 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere
  • This is the equivalent of burning 1,702 litres (1.24 metric tonnes) of petrol
  • These are both equal to generating 14,616 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) of energy
  • Enough energy to make 519,690 cups of tea!

Finally, it is also hoped that this innovative new service will motivate other construction suppliers to consider their own processes and how they too can improve their environmental credentials.

Contact Us
To get a list of NSBCs who can provide the recycling service on your project, contact Newton directly for a list of companies in the area.

Email: info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)newtonwaterproofing.co.uk
Telephone: 01732 806 963
Website: www.newtonwaterproofing.co.uk