Plaster and plasterboard manufacturer British Gypsum, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, has sent no gypsum waste to landfill in the last two years.
The company implemented a comprehensive waste management and recycling strategy across its five UK manufacturing sites, which has enabled it to divert in excess of 200,000 tonnes from landfill since April 2009.
The approach focuses on reducing manufacturing losses alongside increasing its ability to recycle and reprocess scrap material on site. The first step was to identify areas where in the manufacturing process significant losses were being produced, and make changes to minimise wastage. British Gypsum also significantly invested in increasing its in-house recycling capabilities at each of its sites across the UK.
Brian Andreas, sustainability leader at British Gypsum, says: “We’re committed to addressing sustainability across every aspect of our business, so as well as helping customers tackle waste management through schemes like our Plasterboard Recycling Service, we’ve explored how we, as a business, can minimise what is sent to landfill too.”
He says that the process involved educating the workforce to think about reducing waste, training them on the correct segregation procedures and improving the recycling and manufacturing processes.