Leading modular building specialist - The Portakabin Group - has announced new sustainability commitments and initiatives to help customers further reduce their carbon footprint.
Waste streams from the manufacture of modular buildings at Portakabin's international production centre in York, UK, have been increased from 18 to 26. They now include:
The Group has invested £100,000 in a high-tech new saw machine which optimises material usage, further reducing waste.
Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group said: “Our objective of zero waste to landfill at our York factory was successfully achieved in 2013 – and since then we have won a number of awards for environmental excellence. However, we are firmly committed to continually raising the bar and achieving even more improvements to our waste management processes and sustainability performance.
“Our teams across the business are constantly looking at new ways to increase recycling, reduce waste, further improve the recycled content of our products and the re-use of our buildings when they reach end of life. This is all outstanding work which gives our customers even greater confidence in the sustainability of our approach and in the reduced carbon footprint of all of our buildings.”
The company's latest initiatives follow a host of existing commitments, including Portakabin sourcing its steel supplies locally. 79 percent of the steel used in its modular manufacturing process continues to be supplied from within the UK, which is more sustainable, strongly supports British manufacturing, procures steel of the highest quality, and minimises the carbon footprint of Portakabin buildings.
Other new waste minimisation initiatives: