At About Roofing Supplies between our four branches and our website at aboutroofing.com, we receive and deliver literally tens of thousands of tons of roofing materials every year - in fact we estimate that on an average day we deliver over 200 tons of roof tiles alone!
We are concious that we have an impact on the environment - the production of concrete (from which many roof tiles are made) is the largest single emitter of CO2 globally, roof tile manufacturing is the largest industrial user of gas (to fire the tiles in kilns), and of course the delivery lorries running to and from our depots emit exhaust fumes. Add onto that cardboard and plastic packaging, and our enviromental footprint is significant.
We have been taking steps for many years to mitigate our impact where ever possible, and this post will update you about the steps that we are taking.
We operate a large fleet of HGVs which are replaced every three years or sooner.
Most of our current fleet are Euro 6 compliant, with the handful that are Euro 5 being due for replacement shortly.
We are upgrading our company car fleet to the latest hybrids - two of our staff have just taken delivery of Kia Niro Petrol - Electric low emission hybrids.
We generate waste cardboard from packaging, which we compress into bales, and is then collected for recycling.
At any one time we have around a thousand pallets in stock or on the backs of lorries going out for delivery - each pallet is wrapped in plastic, which can't be reused once the pallet has been opened.
We recycle this plastic, which we then pay a specialist recycling contractor to take away, sort and recycle responsibly.
Our commitment to recycling even extends to small details, such as drinks machines! Every day our customers enjoy free tea, coffee and hot chocolate from machines in our branches. Each drink was supplied in a single use plastic cup which was then thrown away.
We have recently replaced these machines with new drinks machines that do not use single use cups.
We have kitchens in our branches where our staff can make themselves hot drinks, cook food etc - just like at home, these activities generate packaging, however unlike at home, local authorities do not have schemes in place to collect and recycle this waste when it is generated commercially. Our solution? Rather than simply throwing it away, our staff members simply take it home and add it to their domestic recycling.
Roof tiles & slates are supplied to us on pallets by the manufacturers, many of which we reuse for delivering to our customers.
However, we are not always able to reuse these pallets as not all types of pallets are suitable for delivery by the cranes fiitted to our lorries, so these are either returned to the manufacturers for reuse by them or passed onto a pallet recycling company for reuse in other industries.