House builder Bovis Homes paves way to landfill-free future

31 July 2018

A Gloucestershire-based house builder has achieved zero-to-landfill status after an “incredible transformation” that has seen a recycling overhaul at its county headquarters.

Rosie Curtis Bovis Homes recycling bins
Rosie Curtis using Bovis Homes' new recycling bins 
Bovis Homes in Bishop's Cleeve has replaced desk bins with eco-sort recycling bins and improved its waste management system as part of a green strategy that will now see the processes implemented in the company's Stafford and Coleshill locations.

Cheltenham-based recycling and shredding firm Printwaste, which has worked with Bovis Homes for 14 years, has been part of the success story and praised the changes.

Simon Vincent, business development manager, said: “Bovis Homes decided to expand their partnership with us, and now have a tailor-made waste management system in place.

“They've brought in new recycling practices, such as replacing desk bins with our eco-sort recycling bins, and positioning these effectively within the office.

“They've also achieved zero-to-landfill status at their Bishop's Cleeve site, and we are now working hard to achieve this across their other two sites in Stafford and Coleshill.

“This has been an incredible transformation, and shows how, with a few simple changes and a whole team effort, we can all go green.”

Bovis Homes made the changes as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect and underwent a waste audit which looked at where its waste streams are deposited.

Simon Bond, facilities co-ordinator at Bovis Homes, said: “We are thrilled with the changes we have made after working with Printwaste. Our employees have been very quick to adapt to the changes and we are seeing increasingly positive results as we progress our waste management.

“Bovis Homes is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and this is the latest in a number of steps we have taken, including reducing our paper storage, to achieve this.”

Bovis Homes representatives also visited the Printwaste offices to find out more about its operations as part of the process.

The two companies have been in partnership for more than 14 years, when Printwaste recycled the home builder's used IT equipment, electrical waste and shredded confidential documents.

Bovis Homes also launched a new strategy in partnership with waste management and recycling solutions Reconomy last year to improve its recycling volumes out on site. This included changing the size of plasterboard sheeting specified for new homes in order to reduce off-cut wastage.

Total waste per plot was 5.72 tonnes in 2016 based on completed plots and work in progress. The target is five tonnes per plot for 2018.Your news