Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, a specialist business within the global Balfour Beatty Group, has formed a closed loop recycling scheme with plastics recycler Centriforce and waste plastic collection company V10 Polymers.
The scheme takes waste plastic collected from Balfour Beatty's sites throughout the UK and recycles it into protective cable covers for use during the company's work in replacing and maintaining utility assets.
“We are not aware of any other UK construction company achieving this closed loop,” said Simon Carroll, managing director of Centriforce.
It is estimated that between 150 and 200 tonnes of waste plastic could be collected annually and turned into a range of products for Balfour Beatty. This amounts to an estimated carbon saving of between 2,000 and 2,500 tonnes across the process of manufacturing new products, through landfill avoidance and the reduced need for virgin raw materials.
Andrew Edlin, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions' general manager, environment and sustainability, said: “This project is a fantastic demonstration of our 2020 Vision for sustainability, showing innovative work with our supply chain, preventing waste to landfill, utilising recycled products and reducing the carbon impacts of what we do with our clients.”