The media spotlight on environmental issues such as climate change and resource scarcity has resulted in a lot of posturing and bold statements designed more to grab headlines.
At Hamilton, we decided to focus on practical actions we could take to reduce our impact. These cover two main areas:
- The impact of our own operations – through the collection and processing of customers’ waste
- Our role as an enabler – the downstream benefits of diverting the waste we process from landfill and using these resources to offset virgin materials
The Value of Recycling
Reducing Climate Change
The UK government has set in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target – cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. Our ability to offset traditional fossil fuels and improve our materials management will be key to this being achieved.
Recycling has an important role to play in the battle against climate change through reducing emissions from landfill which includes methane, a greenhouse gas some 25 times more potent than CO2. Removing the need for mining, refining or processing raw materials also means recycled products are generally far less energy and carbon intensive.
Developing the Circular Economy
The Earth’s natural resources are unable to support our current levels of consumption. Recovered and recycled materials such as plastics, paper and cardboard, metals and aggregates can be used to develop more vastly more sustainable supply chains.