New recycling initiative for old Tuffa Tanks

Tuffa recycling

Tuffa UK has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing waste and recycling unused plastic material. We are working with Swinton based Roydon Recycling who give our scrap plastic a new lease of life.

We have some plastic tanks that are damaged or that don’t meet our rigorous quality control standards.We also have some waste off-cuts from our production processes.

We now save these until we have a full load ready to recycle. Co-Ordinating our recycling initiative is Emma from our purchasing team. “We felt there was an opportunity to re-use some of our waste material,” she said. “Our scrap and off-cuts are now recycled into a new raw material that is used to make other products. We looked at a number of options, but Roydon Recycling was a perfect fit for us as they shared our commitment to re-use as much of the plastic waste as we could.”

Tuffa recycling
Emma with some of the scrap plastic to be recycled

Roydon Recycling shred the waste plastic when it arrives at their processing plant. The plastic is melted and goes through an extrusion process, before being cooled and dried to form pellets which are graded for quality. They then go back into the British Plastics Industry to be used to manufacture other Polyethylene (PE) products like pallet wrap and cling film.

Roydon Recycling’s Business Development Manager, Mick Fairless is pleased to be working with Tuffa Tanks. “It’s great for us to be partnering with one of the UK’s market leading tank manufacturers. We were impressed with Tuffa’s determination to minimise the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes. It’s been a pleasure to work with Emma to co-ordinate this project,” he said.

The good, the bad and the ugly

We have a shared responsibility to use plastic carefully and recycle where we can.  We’ve all seen images of litter and rubbish on shore lines and are aware of the effect that can have on the local marine environment. This is usually caused by “single use” plastic like drinks bottles and cups.

Tuffa’s plastic tanks are a more responsible and environmentally friendly use of plastic. The tanks are in constant use in one location storing fuel, chemicals or water. They are bunded to prevent spillage and comply with Secondary Containment regulations to help protect the local environment and water courses. Our Rainwater Harvesting Tanks help to reduce mains water consumption and maximise the precious resource of natural rainfall.

You can find out more about the effects of UK climate change and the benefits of rainwater harvesting here.

 

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