Waste and Recycling Policy

Zero waste to landfillLeyland Trucks has been actively involved in recycling and reuse of the waste produced at the site since 1996 and are constantly identifying and implementing improved techniques and processes with the aim of reducing our impact on the environment. Between 1998 and the beginning of 2007 steady progress was made in reducing the amount of waste that we send to landfill from 75% (some 1000 tonnes per year) to 28%. And in 2007 we set ourselves the goal of reducing this to zero.

The ‘three R’s’
Our waste policy is based on the commonly used concepts of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.

In cooperation with our suppliers we look to reduce packaging waste by designing reusable pallets for the supply of parts which both protect the parts from damage and can be used again and again.

We also re-use some smaller items rather than throw them away. For example many types of plastic end-caps, which are used to protect the ends of pipes in transit, are segregated at the point of use and sent back to suppliers for re-use.

Waste that we cannot reduce or re-use, we recycle by segregating it into different waste streams.

We now recycle not only scrap metal, paper, cardboard and untreated wood but also, as a result of this project;

Treated wood (which is used in bio-fuel plants).

Polystyrene which can be used both in re-processed domestic polystyrene products and in road and bridge construction).

Many types of plastic (which are re-processed and used in a variety of different products).

Paint residue (which is burnt and mixed with other products to produce cement for use in the building industry).

Our remaining “general waste” (now only about 11% of our total waste) which is sent to a local “Energy from Waste” plant where it is converted into electricity which is fed into the national grid.

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