Tiflex achieves zero waste to landfill goal

Tiflex, a cork and rubber manufacturing company based in Cornwall, wanted to overhaul their waste management strategy for its various types of waste. Its goal? Zero waste to landfill for all its waste streams delivered in partnership with SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.
The mission

To eliminate waste sent to landfill

Tiflex produces various types of waste, including unrecyclable ones. Committed to improving the sustainability of their waste disposal methods, Tiflex set out to remove huge amounts of different waste that end up in landfill sites and to step up their recycling efficiency.
Our solution

Introduce energy-from-waste (EfW) disposal and new recycling containers

Tiflex produces a variety of waste products, including a rubber-type material, which is its largest and most challenging form of waste normally thrown into large metal skips while still hot. With SUEZ’s guidance, Tiflex found a way to prep these materials for processing in the energy-from-waste facility.

Using a new process, the materials are first cooled and wrapped before being placed in smaller special bins. These four-wheeled bins are then collected as general waste and taken to the Cornwall energy recovery centre (CERC) to be incinerated and used to generate energy, rather than ending up in a landfill. Thus, contributing to the improvement of Tiflex’s sustainability goals.

Tiflex also added special recycling bins at its factory to make it easy for employees to recycle. It also educates its staff about proper recycling by holding ‘Toolbox Talks’ with support from SUEZ. The initial trainings were followed up with regular re-education sessions to address any issues and remind staff about effective recycling practices.

 

SUEZ also provided Tiflex with an extensive waste tracking data that allowed the company to monitor all waste materials’ end destination and the tonnages of each waste type.

 

Together with SUEZ, Tiflex is on the right path to sustainability, utilising waste products and eliminating waste to landfill. Among these positive efforts include packing cooled rubber waste in leftover plastic wraps before sending everything to the EfW and adding more bins to increase recycling activities.

The results

Goodbye waste-to-landfill, hello recycling success

Over a span of six months, Tiflex achieved its objectives of removing waste sent to landfill and increasing on-site recycling, greatly improving business sustainability. Sixteen percent of Tiflex’s waste is now recycled – a significant improvement from the absence of recycling practices in the past.

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Our visit to CERC provided a fantastic opportunity to see how waste management has changed. It was great to see the investment and development that SUEZ is undertaking to continually improve and support its customers to deliver on critical sustainability targets.

M Orton , Operations Director for Tiflex