Carpet tile manufacturer Interface hosted the Craigavon Resource Matching workshop as part of its Mission Zero pledge, to eliminate any negative impact the business has on the environment by 2020.
Speaking about the company’s experiences, Adrian Marks, Interface Craigavon Factory Manager, said: “We have been collaborating with Invest NI’s Industrial Symbiosis Service to find useful long term solutions within Northern Ireland for manufacturing waste. At the moment we are doing really well and have reduced yarn waste by 50 per cent in the last year alone. This has involved every employee identifying and changing something in their working practices to reduce yarn waste. We are now focussing on finding solutions within Northern Ireland for our other waste resources. While these are currently being recycled elsewhere we strongly believe that the most sustainable solutions for the entire supply chain can be found locally. Already the Industrial Symbiosis Service has found a local source of storage boxes that we were previously getting from England. This is the real advantage of the Industrial Symbiosis Service.”
The Industrial Symbiosis Service relies on a small team of practitioners who visit companies to discuss and help to resolve a range of resource issues. This workshop was one of two in Craigavon and Londonderry attended by over 75 companies, operating across a variety of industries. The groups identified 85,000 tonnes of waste business resources, from old office furniture to cardboard, pallets and food waste that could be diverted from landfill, saving the businesses involved around £10million.
Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation and Technology Solutions, added: “Since 2007 the service has achieved real economic benefit of over £35m through free advisory support, guidance and relevant introductions. The workshops offer businesses such as Interface the opportunity to find long term solutions for resources that are currently being wasted but which could generate much needed cost savings through reuse or recycling. I would encourage businesses to attend the workshops and explore how this service could realise savings, increase sales in their business and positively impact their bottom line.”
For more information or to book your place contact Elaine on 028 3833 3438 or by email to email@example.com.