Manufacturer fully insulated against waste to landfill

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Insulation product manufacturer Knauf has announced that all four of its UK plants will be sending zero waste to landfill from today (1 August).

The company's waste management strategy features a range of initiatives including, for example, collection of baled glass wool waste from the St Helens and Cwmbran sites by a ceiling tile manufacturer. Mixed glass wool and incidental packaging waste is also collected and reprocessed. At the rock mineral wool plant in Queensferry, product waste is collected by other businesses for use as a raw material. Knauf has also built its own recycling facility so it can reuse excess material, both from its manufacturing process and from key customers. At the company's extruded polystyrene facility in Hartlepool, all manufacturing waste is recycled back into the production process, while general and kitchen waste is collected by a recycling and waste management partner company. Other waste material such as cardboard is used for arts and craft projects at community centres, colleges and schools. Kevin West, Knauf's health, safety, security and environmental manager at the St Helen's plant, commented: "We take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. True sustainability is about much more than simply producing 'green' products – it must be an integral part of the business, which is what we have sought to accomplish with our waste management strategy. "Reaching zero waste to landfill is a fantastic achievement and is a clear demonstration of Knauf Insulation's commitment to improving our environmental performance."