Recycling push pays dividends for Howarth Timber

Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch has set a benchmark for sustainability after a waste management overhaul led to over 96% of waste being diverted away from landfill.

Recycling push pays dividends for Howarth Timber

One of the UK’s largest privately-owned timber companies, the Howarth Timber Group, has expanded from a one man company to an employer of more than 1,000 specialists. They now encompass a network of 29 timber and builders merchant branches geographically spread across the country, supplying windows, doors, and specialist timber products. Over the last 12 months, the firm worked with waste management specialists, Go Green, to identify ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

The project involved restructuring the waste procedures at the branch to ensure as much waste as possible was recycled. Staff members were provided with better waste segregation facilities, and were given access to the Go Green Portal, allowing them to track the branch’s waste and recycling online.

Go Green’s business development manager Rich Welch, said: “With rising costs and ever-changing legislation, Howarth Timber wanted to make sure their company was protected, and they had full control over where their waste was going.”

In the year to date, the Howarth Timber Group has achieved 96.6% of waste being diverted away from landfill. The results of this are reflected in the company’s launch of the Howarth Greenhouse in 2013 – a facility dedicated to offering environmentally focused products.

Howarth Timber’s sustainability development manager, Jay Pickup, said: “We have been given the go ahead to apply the same principles to the rest of our branches from our managing director, Nicholas Howarth, and are currently in the process of agreeing terms with Go Green on delivering the program.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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