Kingspan is fully committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and is continuously looking at new and innovative ways to reduce the generation of waste and where it is generated, to reuse and recycle wherever possible.
Significant progress was made in 2012 with the Insulated Panels plants in Holywell and Kingscourt becoming zero waste to landfill sites with all waste either being recycled or sent to waste to energy plants which helped generate 241,000kWh of electricity in 2012. The amount of waste recycled is carefully monitored to ensure that the different waste streams are segregated as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. Kingspan Insulated Panels aims to adopt and apply best practice sustainability principles by ensuring environmental, social and economic parameters are considered in an integrated way in product and service delivery.
The Waste Working Group in the Insulation division continues to develop solutions to minimise waste and to find the best disposal routes for waste materials from manufacturing and that taken back from construction sites. An audited Waste Management Procedure has been established covering correct definition and labelling of waste streams and waste management flows for all waste streams generated on-site. Within the Pembridge and Selby sites in the UK, overall avoidance of all waste streams to landfill in 2012 was 92% representing a significant improvement on 2011. All Kooltherm® production foam waste including 467 tonnes of customer ‘Site Waste Returns’ is being diverted 100% from waste to energy fuel conversion.
In the Access Floors facility in the US, landfill waste is down to 0.5% of the materials used with initiatives in process toward the goal of zero to landfill. While in Access Floors in the UK increasing levels of waste are being recycled back into the supply chain and a service to recycle old floor systems is also offered to customers.