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Firms reap rewards of resource efficiency

The Resource Efficiency Action Programme set up the Green Business Network set a target of £250,000 worth of savings a year ago. The participating companies have totalled more than £465,000.

Businesses taking part in the programme included those that had already undertaken some resource efficiency measures as well as complete newcomers to the process.
They range from multi-national household names to smaller independent enterprises, including Weber Building Solutions, Charles Wells Brewery, Grundfos Pumps, Degussa Goldschmidt, Hain Celestial UK (formerly Heinz), Forest of Marston Vale, and Harry Major Machine.

All have made significant savings, said a GBN spokesman.

REAP began a year ago after GBN received funding from government body Envirowise to help companies to reduce waste production and energy and water use and to develop more efficient production processes.
They have received visits from experts to help identify where savings can be made, been given training in waste awareness and other relevant areas and have also had help to measure and monitor cost savings achieved.

The GBN spokesman said: “The original 11 companies will continue to be involved with the REAP project for the next two years and will be joined by many others who have already signed up for next year’s resource efficiency programme.”

Leisure providers such as pubs, clubs and restaurants are getting the message to go green and recycle, according to leading waste management and recycling specialist Firbank Chiltern.

A third of the glass collected by the Bedfordshire-based company over the summer was from the leisure industry due to more outlets signing up to specialised recycling schemes provided by the company.

Chairman Robert Firbank said: “We are delighted with the increase in glass recycling we have seen over the summer months. Above all else it shows that leisure providers are taking the initiative to improve the environment and go green.”