TARRC reduces its environmental impact

TARRC reduces its environmental impact

TARRC recycling to reduce its environmental impactTARRC has been participating in a paper-recycling scheme since April 2006. The membership scheme provides for the collection of recyclable materials such as newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, as well as paper.

Recyclable waste is accumulated in transparent plastic sacks, which are transferred to wheelie bins, pending collection by the recycling company every fortnight. The membership fee includes all collections as well as supplies of transparent plastic sacks. Initially, TARRC rented two wheelie bins but, after a few months, decided to purchase two bins and thus reduce costs even further.

In addition to reducing TARRC’s environmental impact, e.g. a decrease in the volume of waste being sent for landfill, TARRC has made financial savings. Membership of the recycling scheme has enabled TARRC to reduce the annual cost of general industrial waste skip collection by more than £2,000, as a result of reducing the frequency of skip collections from once per week to once every two weeks.

After eight months of membership, TARRC was awarded a certificate which confirmed that six trees had been planted on behalf of the organisation and in recognition of staff efforts to recycle paper, etc; this would suggest that TARRC’s annual contribution will result in nine or ten trees being planted every year.

TARRC recycling to reduce its environmental impactIn addition to the main recycling scheme, TARRC also recycles other waste such as scrap metal, fluorescent tubes, batteries, and toner cartridges. Waste lubrication oil is collected and converted to heating fuel, whilst waste cooking oil from the staff canteen kitchen is collected and converted into bio-fuel.

TARRC has always had a small environmental footprint. The efforts of all staff to support recycling initiatives has reduced this even further, as well as brought about cost savings to the organisation.

For more information contact Frank Winfield.

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