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Written by Warren Muschialli

In just under two years, the incredibly unique and innovative Membrane Recycling Service has garnered plenty of attention from various prestigious award events in the UK, receiving a total of 11 award nominations and six wins!

From our very first win in June 2018 at The Property Care Association Best Practice Awards, to our most recent win at the ASUC awards this November, everyone at Newton is exceptionally proud of the Membrane Recycling Service and honoured to be recognised for the companies efforts.

The membrane recycling service award nominations

Here is a list of every nomination and win:

  • The Property Care Association Best Practice Awards – Sustainability – Winner
  • Kent Excellence in Business Awards – Commitment to the Environment – Winner
  • National Recycling Awards – Commercial Waste Reduction Initiative Award – Finalist
  • Plastic Industry Awards – Best Environment or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year – Finalist
  • London Construction Awards – Product Innovation of the Year – Finalist
  • Kent Environment Strategy – Kent Environment Champions Award – Winner
  • The National Building Awards – Innovation of the Year – Winner
  • Construction News Awards – Best Innovation – Finalist
  • British and Irish Trading Alliance –  Charles Darwin Award – Winner
  • Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors – Special Achievement Award – Winner
  • London Construction Awards – Sustainable Construction Award – Finalist

As the first and only service of its kind in the waterproofing industry, the multi-award winning membrane recycling scheme is designed to reduce the amount of waste plastic sent to landfill from waterproofing projects. Run in collaboration with Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBCs), off-cuts of HDPE waterproofing membrane are actively collected from site and recycled to become new products in the construction industry.

Completely closed-loop, the recycling collection bags are delivered to site by Newton delivery drivers along with the first product delivery and are collected from site on the back-load once filled with waste plastic membrane, therefore avoiding any extra carbon emissions.

A team of dedicated Newtonites are tasked with keeping the service running smoothly, including Warehouse Operative Nathan Conroy, and Recycling Officer Peter Watson (pictured above standing either side of Christopher Newton, Chairman at Newton Waterproofing). Both Nathan and Peter work hard to process all the waste membrane, ensuring it is chipped into small granules and packaged up ready to be collected by a national recycler for reprocessing and reusing.

Since the scheme launched in March 2017, Newton have successfully prevented 13.28 tonnes of plastic from going to landfill and 15.261 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. This also saves enough energy to make over 2 million mugs of tea!

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