Our overcrowded planet is facing increasing pressure from the affluent throwaway society, with its demanding desires for all things new and shiny. With increasing global waste figures, we at Millstar Construction are determined not to become complacent passengers within our communities.
We are passionate about contributing to brighter futures for the generations to come and as such, this is our key driver for acting now, by continuously developing and improving our waste management practices as we grow and evolve. We pride ourselves in achieving our goals of growth, profitability and on-going success, while doing things in the cleanest way possible.
Recycling and Waste Minimisation
Our waste management process starts before we even carry out any work. We make careful selections in our choices of equipment, supplies and working approaches to maximize our efficiency.
With over 30 years’ experience working with our valued client base, including Genesis Housing Association, Seymour Housing Trust, Octavia Housing, Depaul UK, Pathway Housing, the work we perform ranges from:
- External repairs and cyclical decorations (recycling and disposal of asbestos, masonry, paints)
- Kitchen and bathroom replacements (recycling and disposal of asbestos, cardboard/paper, timber and plywood, metals, plastics, adhesives, paints)
- Roof repairs and window replacements (recycling and disposal of masonry, roofing, windows, doors, adhesives, paints)
- Structural repairs (recycling and disposal of asbestos, metals, woods, masonry, adhesives, paints)
- Disabled adaptations (recycling and disposal of masonry, paints, woods, plastics, adhesives)
- New build (recycling and disposal of cardboard/paper, timber and plywood, masonry, metals, plastics)
We are committed to minimising waste and energy reduction during both our construction and building work phases, by incorporating energy efficiency and waste reduction into all our projects. We have well-established practices in place to help reduce our builders’ waste and we re-use and recycle our materials where possible.
Before recycling or disposing of our construction waste, we separate the different types, just as you would do with your household waste, and make arrangements for it to be dropped-off or collected. We recycle or reuse cardboard/paper, batteries, plastics, roofing materials such as slates and tiles, masonry such as bricks and rubble which we use as hardcore, woods, metals, windows and doors.
However, we do incur other types of waste that cannot be recycled or reused and therefore must be disposed of responsibly via landfills, bio-remediation or energy recovery.
Landfill sites see waste being buried as a result of no other disposal methods being available. This is how we dispose of hazardous wastes including asbestos, some oily wastes, foams,solvent-based paints and adhesives.
Bio-remediation is the process to remove or neutralising pollutants from a contaminated site with the use or organisms. Some contaminated soils can be treated this way, avoiding the last resort of landfill.
Energy recovery/recycling is a process in which energy is developed from waste, usually converting it into electricity or thermal energy. Plasterboard, some paints and oily wastes can be recycled this way.
There are legal requirements, codes of practice and Government regulations in place that we are obligated to obey, however rresponsible waste management makes financial and environmental sense for our clients, our community and our future growth too. As a result of our environmental proactiveness, our projects meet building regulations and help to reduce client maintenance costs.
We fully embrace our responsibility to the natural environment and strive to minimise any negative impact from our operations.
With ever-growing technologies and new developments in the ways in which we can improve the quality of life for future generation, we will continually challenge ourselves by asking:
- Why do we do it this way?
- How can we do this better?
- What else can I do?
- What are the lessons learned?
In today’s society, we are aware and educated about our waste and recycling choices, as individuals and as businesses, and as a result, there’s no excuse for complacency. At Millstar Construction, we aim to make a lasting difference.