Sweeptech wins BCE Environmental Leadership Award

Sweeptech Environmental Services wins Major Commendation Award at the BCE Environmental Leadership Awards for Wet Waste Recycling

Founded by Sir Peter Parker in 1975, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards scheme is the longest running, and one of the most prestigious, environmental award schemes in the UK.

The Awards are given to companies that the judges recognise as meeting the commercial demands of the present, without compromising the environment for future generations, demonstration of corporate responsibility being an integral part of their organisation, they are innovative and are ahead of the competition.

Sweeptech Winners Photo-BCE

Sir Stuart Rose (right) presenting the award to Martin Smith, Chief Executive of Sweeptech Environmental Services.

Sir Stuart Rose said:

“I’ve been very impressed with the quality of this year’s BCE Award winners and commend them for their commitment to the environment, particularly in the face of such challenging economic conditions. They’ve really set the bar for other companies.

“I know from my own experiences at Marks & Spencer that businesses need to display qualities of leadership, innovation and excellence to succeed with sustainability initiatives. These demanding attributes are also required to win a prestigious BCE Award and all the winners deserve enormous credit.

“Businesses will need to show these qualities in spades to adapt in a rapidly changing world. We need to radically alter our business models to cope with a perfect storm of climate change, a growing global population and finite resources. The BCE Awards scheme has pioneered the recognition of companies taking the lead on environmental issues and the winners’ achievements are an inspiration to their peers.”

Said of Sweeptech when presenting the awards:

In 2007, the EU Landfill Directive banned all ‘sludge wet waste’ containing more than 10% liquid volume being disposed of at landfill, without receiving pre-treatment. As a result, Sweeptech’s staff recognised that producers and, therefore, owners of sludge wet waste did not have a compliant or environmentally safe waste-disposal remedy. Therefore, the business created and patented its road sweeper and gully wet waste recycling process.

The process is applicable to a wide range of organisations including waste companies, utility companies, construction companies, highways authorities, local authorities, airports and manufacturers. It provides the following benefits:

  • Regulatory compliance.

  • Material recycling.

  • Sustainability improvement (including ‘Waste Strategy 2000′ landfill reduction reporting benefits for local authorities).

  • Carbon footprint reduction.

  • Environmental protection.

  • Waste disposal cost reduction.

  • Revenue generation opportunity.

  • Delivers up to 95% reduction in waste volume to landfill.

  • Delivers about 95% waste material recycling capability.

  • Changes the Landfill Tax obligation for remaining 5% waste.

  • Reduces commercial transport movement.

  • Helps eradicate ‘leachate’ pollution to the water course.

  • Removes water hydrant licence costs.

  • Reduces water depletion from local reservoirs.

By using this facility in the last year, the business’s own street cleansing operation has reduced its landfill deposits by 18,000 tonnes and its commercial vehicle carbon footprint by over 100,000 miles.

To see the Sweeptech Environmental Services  video click here .

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