Stepping into the world of waste management

Tonnes of waste is produced from construction activity every day and our Climate Action Framework sets out how we will tackle waste long term. Thanks to our partnership with Enva, we are working hard to reduce, re-use and recycle that waste. An incredible 98% of our site waste is either recycled or diverted from landfill. Glenn Slater, Chief Visionary officer stepped into the world of waste management to find out exactly how this is done.

Enva have been our partners for over 10 years and we have an award-winning relationship, after receiving an international Green Apple Award for collaborative working.

Glenn visited our Eastglade site for Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council to see how we approach waste management through careful planning, segregation and collaboration with our supply chain. The Eastglade site in Top Valley will see 106 new council homes delivered.

When arriving at the waste management centre, Glenn learnt that around 3,000 tonnes of waste per week enters the plant to be processed, which then moves onto the processing plant for separation.

For example, wood will be transferred to a plant ready to be turned into either animal bedding or a grade of wood for chipboard. Other materials are transformed into quality biomass fuel ready to be re-used for energy.

Glenn Commented “The visit was a real eye opener, the process they use to separate out mixed wasted into different re-usable products, is very impressive. The scale is massive, yet simplicity is clear. In particular, the roller which separates the materials, it’s simple but effective.”

Glenn concluded, “What really struck me was the volume of waste that was actually generated. Whilst the work Enva do to divert 98% of waste from landfill, as a business and an industry focus needs to be on reducing waste generated on site in the first instance.”

Adrian Cheetham, Director of Property, Nottingham City Homes commented, “We welcome this sustainable approach to the recycling of materials from our sites. Practices such as this all contribute to Nottingham’s ambitions to be a carbon neutral city by 2028”.

Paul Clements, Commercial Director of Enva said, “It was great to be able to welcome Robert Woodhead and Nottingham City Homes to Enva’s Resource Recovery Facility and capture the journey from waste to resources. Invariably we find that knowledge and understanding are key to achieving high levels of engagement that support increased recycling and reduced contamination. By taking the time to communicate the recycling process we are able to optimise the amount of valuable resources we recover for use in more sustainable supply chains. We are proud to support and partner with strategic organisations like Robert Woodhead as we to continue to strengthen our dedication to developing new and innovative products and solutions whilst extending the life cycle of the worlds resource which is the key driver of our business”

We look forward to many more years in strategic partnership with Enva as we continue on the road to a low carbon future as we highlight the importance of waste management, collaboration and the critical need to address the climate crisis together.