Forgemasters saves a ton by going green

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Forgemasters recovers or recycles more than 93 per cent of waste – and diverted 850 tonnes from landfill every month for the last year – after a drive to go green, new figures show.

The Brightside engineering company has five businesses on its 64 acre site and a dedicated environmental management team now works with the 800-strong workforce to cut waste, energy and water.

It reviewed waste management systems in early 2010 along with contractor, Biffa, resulting in new streams of waste materials being captured for recycling and better segregation of existing recycled materials.

The company is now working towards a group-wide target of zero process wastes going direct to landfill by 2016.

Group environment director Victoria Hinchcliffe said: “Over 50 different waste streams have been identified at Forgemasters and we also spotted the revenue-earning potential of different recyclables.

“We have rolled out collection areas and receptacles, as well as trained employees in waste segregation to integrate this process daily.”

In 2013, 10,235 tonnes of recyclables were diverted from landfill.