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RMC release first sustainable development report

RMC (UK) Ltd have released their third Environmental Report — the first to focus specifically on the company’s commitment to sustainability and its new, more integrated approach to strategic and operational management.

Among the milestones covered in the document, during 2000 RMC (UK) reduced their generation of waste to 14kg per tonne of product produced and transported; recycled over 80% of all water used in production; and increased their use of recycled materials by more than 100%.

In the same year, in pursuit of their aim to be resource-neutral, RMC restored 115ha of land and created 37ha of land with nature conservation interest. In addition, over half of RMC’s businesses are now involved in both educational and community or conservation projects, and more than 40 RMC sites in the UK are now certified to ISO 14001.

However, in addition to ensuring that their businesses operate in a sustainable way, Tim Pinder, the company’s UK environment manager, believes that RMC can contribute to the Government’s sustainability goals.

‘Developing products based on recycled ‘wastes’, which can themselves subsequently be recycled, more than fulfils the requirements of producer responsibility legislation,’ he said.

‘Products such as Glasphalt — an asphalt containing 30% recycled glass, and Lytag — a lightweight aggregate made from the ash by-product of coal-burning power stations, epitomize this approach and allowed RMC to recycle over 1 million tonnes of waste materials into building products during 2000.’

Copies of the report are available online or by contacting the e-mail address below.


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