Reducing, reusing and recycling



Waste management is also a priority for the Newsprinters’ Energy Teams. The company has assessed all types of waste that it produces, and sorts it according to whether it can be reduced, reused or recycled. Only if waste cannot be handled in any of these three ways is it sent to landfill. Of the 46 types of waste produced at the Newsprinters’ Broxbourne site for example, 38 have been reduced or are reused or recycled. Waste output is monitored on an ongoing basis with the aim of continually improving the quantities kept in circulation.


An example of this ethos is the chemical solution used to clean the presses, which is treated and used again. Ninety per cent of the water content is reclaimed by filtrations, separating solids and sludge, followed by further draining. The sludge is stored and returned in predetermined quantities to Sun Chemical for processing.


Newsprinters is also pursuing other, more innovative schemes to boost its environmental credentials. It is consulting a specialist company about the viability of rainwater harvesting at the Broxbourne site in particular. With its vast roof area, large amounts of water could be collected and used for purposes such as cleaning the building, vehicles or even the presses, reducing the reliance on mains supplies.


Other proposals include the replacement of the diesel-powered staff shuttle bus with a zero-emissions electric model, ‘eco’ buttons to reduce an inactive PC’s power usage to sub-stand by levels and the installation of solar-powered speed warning signs on internal roads, to keep vehicle speeds and emissions to a minimum on Newsprinters sites.