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proofing. Now, with the release of Newton’s first annual recycling report we can see just how much HDPE plastic was recycled in 2017, and how Newton saved enough energy to make 519,690 mugs of tea…

Why Recycle Waterproofing Membrane?

One of the primary forms of structural water- proofing, cavity drainage membranes are manufactured from HDPE and designed to last for the lifetime of a building. However

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aunched in 2017, the Newton Membrane Recycling Service is the first recycling scheme in UK water-

each year the waterproofing industry sends hundreds of tonnes of off-cuts to landfill, as there was previously no service available for collecting and recycling the material. With the environmental credentials of

many new projects coming under increased scrutiny by assessments such as BREEAM, the ability for any company to trace their waste is therefore a valuable asset when undergoing sustainability assessments.

How Does It Work?

Available through Newton’s Specialist Contractors, the service collects the waste membrane on delivery backloads from across the UK and processes it at Newton’s Kent headquarters. From Newton, it is recycled by a third-party and manufactured into new construction products, therefore achieving a fully ‘closed-loop’ process. Most important however, is that the

service is transparent and traceable, making it possible to see where the waste is generated and produce reports for participating compa- nies on how much they are recycling and how much energy they are saving.

What Have Been The Results?

As a result of Newton’s efforts to ensure the sustainability of their operations, in 2017 a total of 3.255 tonnes of membrane was collected for recycling. There are also several other measurements that we can convert this into to make it a bit more quantifiable: • Newton have avoided the release of 3.74 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere

• This is the equivalent of burning 1,702 litres (1.24 metric tonnes) of petrol

• These are both equal to generating 14,616 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) of energy

• Enough energy to make 519,690 cups of tea!

Finally, it is also hoped that this innovative

new service will motivate other construction suppliers to consider their own processes and how they too can improve their environ- mental credentials.

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