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Newton Waterproofing is an independent supplier of waterproofing systems, damp proofing systems, water control products and drainage products.
The family-run business was established in 1848, and helps with everything from small domestic projects to new build developments and extensive civil projects.
The Newton Membrane Recycling Scheme, launched in September 2017, was the first of its kind within the UK. Every year, the waterproofing industry sends hundreds, or even thousands, of tonnes of membrane off-cuts to landfill.
They are too small to be valid for re-use in the waterproofing industry, but are made from virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE), a material perfect for recycling.
During the first three months of the scheme, 3.3 tonnes of membrane were collected for recycling. The company plans to invest between £25,000 and £35,000 in the scheme over the next three years, and recycle 20 tonnes of rubbish.
In order to reduce pollution levels, it has also replaced all office lights with LED fittings, installed two energy efficient boilers, and added two sustainable products to its waterproofing range.
Staff are also actively encouraged to drive hybrid cars, and the businesses’ four company cars are all hybrid vehicles.
Digital marketing executive, Becky Malcolm, said: “We will continue to tackle the waste produced as a byproduct of the construction industry by approaching it in two ways.
“Firstly, by reducing our own product plastic packaging by 50% over the next three years, and secondly through the continued investment in our membrane recycling scheme.
“We are hopeful that the scheme has great potential
for replication elsewhere. “It would be great if other construction industry suppliers decided to consider their own processes, but also those of the construction industry as a whole.”