FM Conway scoops Recycling Company of the Year award

FM Conway has been named as Recycling Company of the Year in the prestigious Construction Recycling Alliance (CRA) awards 2011.

Beating off stiff competition, the company was selected by a panel of judges, comprising academics, journalists and government policy makers who made the final decisions on the winners and said that FM Conway’s work was deemed ‘commendable throughout’.

Michael Conway, Chief Executive Officer for FM Conway, said: “Being named as recycling company of the year is a fantastic achievement for the company and makes everything we do worthwhile.

“We try to demonstrate a commitment and embedded approach to improving our sustainability within the organisation and promoting an environmentally aware ethos across the company.”

FM Conway has invested £25 million on in-house recycling infrastructure over the past five years and now has the ability to recycle a wide array of materials in-house including; 100 per cent of highways arisings into new aggregates and 100 per cent of asphalt into new 95 per cent recycled content asphalt.

With the only gully waste recycling plant in the UK, 95 per cent of gully waste is recycled as well as all kerbs, paving, concrete, asphalt, sub- base, sand and granular materials.

In 2010, FM Conway saw more than 250,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, 220,000 tonnes of recycled products supplied to sites and more than 220,000 tonnes of virgin aggregates saved.

The company’s new asphalt plant, which opened in 2010, incorporates the latest automated technology and is the UK’s only asphalt recycling solution and recognised as one of Europe’s most innovative construction recycling plants.

FM Conway has developed a 95 per cent recycled binder and surface course which exceeds the 40 per cent recycled content of the material used by its competitors, at a similar cost. This recycled product has already been successfully used in resurfacing contracts for its clients in London Boroughs.

Figures also show in 2009/201 that 5,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions were saved and it is estimated that in 2011/2012, there will be a further reduction of 7 per cent in energy use and a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions, saving more than 8,250 tonnes per year.

More than seven million litres of water were recycled in 2010, reducing the company’s water needs. The newly constructed Thames-side jetty, which will open later this year, will enable materials to be delivered and dispatched by river, saving more than 15,000 lorry movements per year. 

Michael Conway added: “We are working hard to develop and deliver innovative products that meet our client’s growing needs for green solutions, and being recognised for our hard work shows we are in the right direction.”

The 2011 Awards comprise of six categories; Recycling Company of the Year, Recycling Contract of the Year, Service and Support, Equipment Innovation, Product Innovation and Investment.

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