Lancashire’s Greener Surfacing, which recycles old road surfaces to produce new quality asphalt, has been shortlisted in the Construction Recycler of the Year category in the prestigious 2015 National Recycling Awards.
The awards recognise and highlight excellence and innovation in the recycling and resource management sector and Rawtenstall based Greener Surfacing will join a host of household names including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Ecover when the winners are announced on 1 July at the Park Lane Hilton in London.
Currently the only company exclusively trading in re-cycled asphalt commercially, Greener Surfacing has developed a patented recycling method that harvests old road surfaces and uses a hot recycling process to produce new quality asphalt. The company then sells the asphalt to local authorities and contractors for use in roads, pavements and car parks at a lower cost than new surfacing and producing almost two thirds less CO2e than traditional asphalt.
The award shortlisting recognises that Greener Surfacing is generating these significant CO2e savings, with one tonne of Greener asphalt producing just 49kg CO2e, compared to asphalt produced in a regular plant that generates an average of 132kg CO2e per tonne.
Greener Surfacing owner Nick Antrobus said: “To be shortlisted for a national award is a huge achievement for Greener Surfacing and an incredible recognition of all the hard work myself and the team have put into building and growing the company. Our mission is to save our clients both carbon and cash and the judges have really recognized that, with all the eco-benefits and our recycled asphalt costing at least 15% less than a new road surface.
“I set out with a very clear vision of what I wanted this business to achieve and the strength of our green credentials proves just how far ahead of the field we are and how we are setting the bar as high as possible with 100% recycled materials coming into and going out of our plants, something that our competitors are a long way off being able to offer.”
Based in Rawtenstall in Lancashire, the Greener Surfacing team has invested three years and half a million pounds developing the most efficient manufacturing model and to date has recycled and sold over £200,000 of road planings.
The process is 100% recycled with locally sourced (within 20 miles) planings and granite and on-site generators used for all the power. Every twelve tonnes of Greener Surfacing’s recycled asphalt generates a one tonne carbon credit, savings that can be used by local and central government to attract innovation and sustainability incentives into their budgets.