Cabinco Site Waste Management
In addition to our use of sustainable materials Cabinco are committed to Halving Waste to Landfill and have signed up to the WRAP agreement. The following steps enable us to more than half our waste to landfill.
- Timbers. All log walling is cut to size and machined to factory tolerances prior to arrival on site. This means no cutting or sawing of wood and associated dust/noise issues on site. Only the right amount of timber is being transported to the site so no wasted haulage. Any off-cuts or surplus log is dealt with at the factory where it can be recycled en-mass with all other timbers cut in the factory. Log ends being finger jointed for re-use, shavings and dust used for other wood products such as plywood/MDF and fuel for the mill itself.
- External log cladding is normally a Siberian Larch. Also sustainable sourced, and also available with Chain of Custody Certification if required. This material is used for its exceptionally long life span of 60 – 80 years and the fact that it does not need on-going preservative treatment. It naturally ages to an attractive silver grey colour. Where clients are keen to use local timbers to further reduce the carbon footprint, we are happy to offer UK grown cladding materials as an alternative and Directors can advise on the differences the species offer. Any excess here which cannot be re-used on other projects is minimal and offered to our clients as fuel for any wood-burner they may have.
- Plywood’s, OSB and sheet materials can be supplied with FSC/PEFC Certification as appropriate. Any off-cuts which cannot be used on other projects are offered as fuel.
- All MPL components are transported to the site packed onto pallets. Until recent years these pallets were also a source of waste. Cabinco now arrange for these pallets to be made from decking board. The decking board can be re-used either on the project or on other forthcoming projects which reduce the level of waste produced on site. The frame of the pallets is also offered to clients as wood burning fuel where appropriate.
- Insulation. Our buildings offer an extremely high level of insulation to provide reduced energy use during the life of the building and we plan its use to minimise off cuts/waste. However, this can still account for a large proportion of site waste so we have made arrangements with our supplier to collect all off-cuts to be re-cycled at their factory. This further reduces our waste to landfill.
- Roofing Material: We offer a variety of roofing finishes including cedar shingles and sedum/wildflower each having their own qualities for sustainability and bio-diversity. However, even our standard roofing – bitumen coated steel tiles offer a 60% recyclability! Making them a sustainable choice. Our suppliers collect any surplus stock from site to ensure nothing is going to landfill.
- There are no “wet trades” involved in the standard MPL construction, so no plaster board or plastering and associated dust and waste, and no painting and associated waste or chemicals.
- We are working on the reduction of packaging waste and actively taking steps to cut down on this wherever possible. Cardboard collected and recycled, we are looking at collection and recycling of plastic wrapping and steel bindings.
We welcome any comments or suggestions on ways to reduce site waste even further.