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Written by Warren Muschialli

Litter PickingWorld Cleanup Day is one of the biggest global-civic movements of our time. Our world has a huge littering problem, with much of the waste ending up in the ocean, harming sea life and damaging the ecosystem.

Therefore, on Saturday 18th of September, 180 countries across the globe took part in World Cleanup Day, to help save our planet from litter.

Advocates for Protecting the Environment

At Newton, we are big advocates for taking action to reduce plastic waste and improve the environment. Therefore, when BITA (the British and Irish Trading Alliance) joined World Cleanup Day, we joined too, as we are members of the BITA community!

Our team gathered outside our offices on Saturday 18th September at 9am and split into multiple groups, taking different routes around Tonbridge, before convening at Tonbridge Park. By splitting into several groups, it allowed us to clean as much of Tonbridge as possible. It was a great day out for all those involved, and we ended up collecting over 25 bags of rubbish! We will certainly be sure to get involved in next year’s event.

Thank you to the Tonbridge Green Party for joining our efforts and supplying the litter pickers and thank you to everyone who attended the event and did their part for the community.

Newton’s Recycling & Sustainability Initiatives

The Newton Litter Picking TeamWith several innovative sustainability initiatives, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment wherever possible. This includes initiatives such as the Newton Recycling Service, our highly successful and award-winning closed-loop recycling service that was the first of its kind in our industry, run in collaboration with our nationwide network of Specialist Contractors.

The scheme operates through our team of dedicated drivers who collect plastic waste from site, returning it to our head office in Tonbridge, Kent. From here, it is processed into chips to be made into new construction products. Since 2017, we have prevented over 20 tonnes of HDPE Membrane from going to landfill and preventing 22.79 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

In 2021, this service has been expanded to also recycle plastic and metal containers from our liquid waterproofing products. We estimate that this will save over 7,000 containers from landfill each year. You can read more about our sustainability initiatives here.

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