Six Awards in Two Years for Membrane Recycling Service
November 2019

In just under two years, the incredibly unique and innovative Membrane Recycling Service has garnered plenty of attention from various prestigious award events in the UK, receiving a total of 11 award nominations and six wins!

From our very first win in June 2018 at The Property Care Association Best Practice Awards, to our most recent win at the ASUC awards this November, everyone at Newton is exceptionally proud of the Membrane Recycling Service and honoured to be recognised for the companies efforts.

Here is a list of every nomination and win:

The Property Care Association Best Practice Awards - Sustainability - Winner

Kent Excellence in Business Awards - Commitment to the Environment - Winner

National Recycling Awards - Commercial Waste Reduction Initiative Award - Finalist

Plastic Industry Awards - Best Environment or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year - Finalist

London Construction Awards - Product Innovation of the Year - Finalist

Kent Environment Strategy - Kent Environment Champions Award - Winner

The National Building Awards - Innovation of the Year – Winner

Construction News Awards - Best Innovation - Finalist

British and Irish Trading Alliance - Charles Darwin Award - Winner

Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors - Special Achievement Award - Winner

London Construction Awards - Sustainable Construction Award - To be confirmed on 27th November 2019!

As the first and only service of its kind in the waterproofing industry, the multi-award winning membrane recycling scheme is designed to reduce the amount of waste plastic sent to landfill from waterproofing projects. Run in collaboration with Newton Specialist Basement Contractors (NSBCs), off-cuts of HDPE waterproofing membrane are actively collected from site and recycled to become new products in the construction industry.

Completely closed-loop, the recycling collection bags are delivered to site by Newton delivery drivers along with the first product delivery and are collected from site on the back-load once filled with waste plastic membrane, therefore avoiding any extra carbon emissions.

A team of dedicated Newtonites are tasked with keeping the service running smoothly, including Warehouse Operative Nathan Conroy, and Recycling Officer Peter Watson (pictured above standing either side of Christopher Newton, Chairman at Newton Waterproofing). Both Nathan and Peter work hard to process all the waste membrane, ensuring it is chipped into small granules and packaged up ready to be collected by a national recycler for reprocessing and reusing.

Since the scheme launched in March 2017, Newton have successfully prevented 13.28 tonnes of plastic from going to landfill and 15.261 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. This also saves enough energy to make over 2 million mugs of tea!
"Construction waste is a big contributor to sustainability problems, particularly as the 'make, use and dispose' approach has often been favoured in the past.

Having an effective waste management policy that reduces, reuses and recycles can help combat the industry's waste and sustainability problems. And by collecting the waste HDPE on delivery back-loads, the service avoids creating additional carbon emissions too."

Warren Muschialli, Managing Director, Newton Waterproofing