Carbon net zero by 2040
Working towards net zero
Sackers is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and aims to reach net zero by 2040. We reinforce our strategy by helping our customers cut their carbon emissions.
We outline our journey here and explain how our free waste audits are an excellent step for local businesses on their road to net zero.
Carbon net zero by 2040
It’s an ambitious goal, but we’re determined to reach net zero by 2040, a full ten years ahead of the Government’s target.
We have already attained the Bronze level award of the Suffolk Carbon Charter and aim to achieve Gold very soon. Our initiatives to cut our own carbon footprint include:
- Installing solar panels
- Fleet telematics to encourage efficient driving
- Working from home initiatives
- Adding movement-sensitive lighting
- Offering a Cycle to Work scheme
- Green procurement
- Carbon zero electricity
- 100% office recycling
- Local recruitment (where possible)
- Setting up a carbon committee
- Joining other businesses on a net-zero journey to share best practice.
But we intend to accelerate our journey with yet more innovations coming soon:
- Replacing diesel with high electric voltage
- Variable speed drive to prevent electricity spikes
- More solar panels
- Hybrid and solar lighting
- Investing in electric vans and incentivising electric company cars
- Air source heating
- Planting trees (including one for every customer)
Our efforts above would be pointless if we didn’t make our recycling plant processes as efficient and sustainable as possible. And by using our facility, customers know a far greater proportion of their waste is recycled or used for energy production.
The Sackers waste recycling process
If you wonder what happens to the waste, here’s how it ends up after going through our hi-tech processes:
- Wood – goes to power generation (biomass fueling)
- PP Sacks (tonne bags) – shredded into a flaky plastic. The material is melted down and made into uniformly sized beads, known as granules, which can then be re-melted into different products
- Green waste – composting
- Scrap metal – processed, sized and graded before being smelt into new metal
- Stones, glass, rubber and rubble – become construction material
- Paper – becomes low-grade white paper and cardboard
- Card – turns into new card product
- Plastic cans – new plastic
- PVC – new plastic cones and other low-impact plastic
- Fines (dust etc.) – goes to land restoration and/or construction material
- LDPE Plastics – recycled to high-grade plastics
- The remaining non-recyclable waste is baled and sent for waste to energy
Free waste audit
Sackers has been recycling in Suffolk for nearly 100 years. It has always played a key role in helping local businesses to meet their environmental objectives, and we now offer companies a free waste audit.
Get in touch
If you would like to learn more about Sackers’ waste recycling processes, request a free waste audit, or find out more about our own net-zero carbon journey, please do get in touch on 01473 830373.
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