Our objective is to maintain the integrity and identity of these materials so that they can be returned to their source for re-use in the prime product.
As each systems company has its own unique colour and formulation, Ecoplas identiﬁes and segregates each material batch at collection and operates an identiﬁcation system to ensure traceability during storage and processing.
With a network of sites throughout the UK, waste is bulked up and transported to Ecoplas’ state-of-the-art reprocessing plant where we sort, and separate the PVC which is then converted into granules, powder or pellets and reintroduced into the extrusion process thus completing the closed loop from original manufacture to recycling and ﬁnally reuse.
Ecoplas have a dedicated Green Team who are fully engaged in environmental performance, who will assist in ensuring that recycling of these waste streams is an integral part of your sustainability and objectives. Offering full advice and assistance to support contract pitches at early stages. Each company is assigned their own designated collection Co-ordinator and Account handler.
In reality many organisations have little evidence to support their environmental efforts. Ecoplas offer a tailored support bundle to help your company through early stages of PQQ and tender applications. We can provide companies with our ECO Standard Recycled Tonnage Certificates which help provide evidence of sustainability and environmental benefits when tendering for future work.
Ecoplas recognises our obligation, as a business to society. We believe a business must recognise and minimise the economic, social and environmental impacts of their activities, and must integrate the demands of today’s society into their operations. It is our commitment to sustain and exceed this obligation, to facilitate this we implement the following CSR Policy.
Ecoplas works proactively to maximise recovery rate of non-PVCu material. The wood, aluminium or polythene removed from our closed-loop process is recycled with our third party companies and our gasket is used as flooring in the equine industry. Office paper waste is also recycled with our third parties. Ecoplas further promotes a packaging returns policy, encouraging the return of our bulk bags and pallets from customers and similarly returning our incoming bags and pallets back to our suppliers.
We are fully committed to corporate citizenship, engaging and supporting the area we operate in and the wider society. We frequently hold fundraising events for National Blind Children’s Association and sponsorships for the charity Kids in Action; for children with Leukaemia. We proudly uphold a Noise Suppression Policy for all new plant equipment, working with our suppliers to actively reduce noise emissions. Ecoplas employs locally to support and contribute to our local economy, striving to make a positive impact, as a business to our local community now and into the future.
We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. We ensure all our fleet drivers regularly attend comprehensive ‘economic driving’ courses. With our site being situated close to a SSSI, maintaining and enhancing the local biodiversity is especially critical, as a result Ecoplas has introduced a company Biodiversity Action Plan, to ensure no net loss of biodiversity on site. Carbon Footprint monitoring using the University of Manchester’s CCaLC software has also been implemented on site to help us identify and act on emission hotpsots. Furthermore, in Ecoplas’ strive for energy efficiency; we are currently undertaking an intensive monitoring program of the energy consumption of our heavy machinery, to help us identify ways in which we can improve.
The culture at Ecoplas is one with our employees at the core, we are committed to empowering our employees to achieve their potential, whilst ensuring they act with the highest of integrity and ethical standards. We dedicate ourselves to equal opportunities for all employees regardless of race, gender, religion, age or ability, believing whole heartedly in social diversity and inclusion. Full and comprehensive training is offered to all staff, supporting them through their professional development, and promoting an efficient and effective business. We operate an Employee Communication Program whereby on regular basis; booklets and meetings are held with our employees to keep them up to date on business developments and news.
To manage the risks brought about from our business activities we operate many preventative techniques. Ecoplas is a dedicated self-contained unit meaning pollution to the outside world is minimal. We have separate drainage facilities for foul and surface water, with an interceptor tank to filter the surface water before it is externally discharged. We embody a gravel core under the site to minimise any pollution into the water table and noise bunds to minimise noise pollution. The greatest risk on site is dust. We intensively monitor and report dust levels, and implement an array of dust filters to ensure a safe working environment for everyone at Ecoplas.
Ecoplas commits to voluntary standards that push our quality and service beyond that simply required by the law. These standards give our clients confidence in the quality and corporate responsibility of our services. The ISO 9001 standard rigorously standardises our quality management, whereas our commitment to the VinylPlus charter ensures sustainable development at our recycling plant. Ecoplas are fully aware of the governments new Green Deal Initiative and seek to work proactively with Green Deal accredited installers.
To establish our CSR policy’s progression into the future we commit to: