FORGE RECYCLING IS NOW CARBON NEUTRAL
Posted on: 07/02/2020
We are delighted to announce that we are now a carbon-neutral business.
To help us achieve this goal, we partnered with Forest Carbon, and we are working hard at reducing our carbon footprint while offsetting the carbon used in our waste collections.
We currently empty more than 9,000 bins per week. None of this waste is sent to landfill; 60 per cent is recycled into new materials, and 40 per cent is used to create energy.
Forge Recycling’s carbon footprint, therefore, consists mainly of modern waste collection vehicles, staff travel in company cars, and the energy used in our office and depot.
By partnering with Forest Carbon in 2019, we started to plant our very own forest at Thrimby Pasture, Lowther. The area was formerly high-intensity arable land, and this has now been converted into a sustainable forest of over 6,000 trees!
At the time of writing, Forge Recycling has created:
- One new woodland
- Four hectares of woodland
- 6,138 planted trees
- 1,733 tonnes of CO2 capture
The trees we have planted are a mix of species, including birch, hazel, sycamore, hawthorn and sitka spruce.
Alongside carbon capture, there are a few additional benefits to the Forge Forest. The trees provide a new habitat for wildlife, improve water quality, and help with flood mitigation.
Sam Goodall, Forge Recycling's Operations Director, said:
"Our decision to invest in this woodland scheme is testament to our core values and one of our ISO 14001 (environmental) objectives. It shows that we are accountable for our actions and committed to being one of the front runners in sustainable waste management. I’m sure that our customers, partners and staff will also be proud knowing that this woodland exists. As Forge continues to thrive and grow, so too will our Forge Forest."
Last month, we had a new truck designed to promote our carbon footprint journey so far and to encourage others to follow suit. This truck is used for our food and glass collections in Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, York and many other areas in West and North Yorkshire, so make sure to look out for it on its travels!