SRJ have been installing windows, doors, conservatories, and many other double glazed products for over 30 years. Since we were established in 1992, we have evolved significantly and are now more committed than ever before in working towards a lower carbon footprint. In this article, we share the steps SRJ have taken to help the environment and become more eco friendly.
We Are SEPA Regulated
We aim to achieve the greenest possible installation process when improving the homes of our customers across Scotland. To ensure we are achieving our goal, we have been a SEPA regulated business for over 30 years. This means that we recycle as much waste as possible and ensure that non recyclable materials are disposed of correctly.
We are Zero to Landfill
We work hard to keep our waste out of landfill and have many systems in place to keep our business environmentally friendly.
Firstly, we remove the glass panes and panels from the uPVC windows, doors and roofs. These materials are then separated and sorted into our 10 different recycling bins and skips. Working alongside our waste management company, we can guarantee that the materials are not heading to landfill.
uPVC frames are broken apart on site and shredded into smaller pieces before being recycled. In 2022, we successfully recycled 35 tonnes of old uPVC frames! We won’t stop there though, as we aim to exceed this volume in 2023.
Metal, Timber and Aluminium Product Disposal
A lot of materials are used to create windows, doors, conservatories and the many other home improvement products we install. When it is time to dispose of old products, what do we do?
We ensure 100% of our metal waste is recycled, including door and window handles. Our waste partner in the metal trade takes approximately 8 tonnes of steel and aluminium products from us each year.
When putting our recycling systems in place, we didn’t forget about the timber waste. Similarly to the uPVC waste, timber is shredded and recycled. The shredded wood is repurposed and used to create flat pack furniture and laminate flooring. With this successful system in place, we were able to recycle 140 tonnes of timber in 2022.
Recycling 100% of Paper and Cardboard Waste
When homeowners choose SRJ to complete their uPVC installation, they can feel confident in knowing that they are working with installers who care about the impact their work has on the environment. After every installation, we take 100% of our paper and cardboard waste away to be correctly recycled.
In 2022, we recycled 4 – 5 tonnes of paper, cardboard, plastic and polythene. Whether it is waste from our office or the construction/installation site, we are committed to recycling as much as we can.
What Happens To Non-Recyclable Materials?
We have eco conscious systems in place to keep SRJ as green as possible and remain committed to our zero landfill policy.
There are several products used in our installations that cannot be safely recycled. In these circumstances, we aim to re-purpose bi-products wherever possible. Silicone, dust, wood shavings, foam filled plastics and other non-recyclable materials are sent to MVV Energy for waste in Dundee. Once received by MVV, heat is captured from the bi-products and used to heat homes and businesses across the Dundee area.
Further Green Steps SRJ Is Taking
In 2023 and 2024, we aim to recycle all old glass panes into new glass. By working closely with our glass partner and waste management company, our business can continue to operate with the homeowner and environment in mind. Even with our future glass goals, we still do what we can in the present. That is why we repurpose old glass by crushing it down and using it as batch filler for stone and block brick products.
Eco Conscious Installations Across Central Scotland
Here at SRJ Windows, our team of skilled professionals are committed to being environmentally friendly at every stage of the installation process. We know how much our customers care about the environment, and we aim to provide a service that lowers the carbon footprint for Scottish homeowners and our business.
Our recycling systems, bi-product waste disposal methods, and energy efficient fuelling strategy ensure that we are keeping our zero landfill promise.