Tarmac wins environmental best practice award
A team from Tarmac has won the top environmental award at the annual Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2019 National Ultra Site awards.
The Environmental Best Practice award was given for the company’s work to deliver the highways team maintenance contract for Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) and its highways services company, Via East Midlands Ltd. The award was given for the innovative way in which Tarmac recycles hazardous road surfacing materials that contain tar.
Contaminated planings are transported to a mobile recycling plant, where they are treated to encapsulate the material, changing their designation from hazardous material to recycled product that can then be reused again within the road network. This process has saved the council £1.8 million through efficiencies made in savings on disposal costs and through the reduction in the amount of new or virgin aggregate used.
Tarmac is now working closely with NCC and Via East Midlands to create a way to identify footways and carriageways that may contain contaminated materials.
“We are delighted to receive this award for the environmental work we have undertaken in Nottinghamshire,” said Peter Hyde, Tarmac Highway Services Director. “It is testament to the hard work, dedication, and collaborative efforts of the team, coupled with a willingness to think outside the box and drive efficiencies while delivering challenging programmes.”
“This award win is great news and shows the value of partnership working,” said John Cottee, Nottingham County Councillor. “We have collaborated with Tarmac to support this innovation as we are always keen to reduce the environmental impact of highway maintenance.”
The company was also a finalist for the scheme’s Workforce Wellbeing award for the way it looks after its employees. The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Ultra Sites awards recognise supply chain integration. The award ceremony at Plaisterers’ Hall in Central London was held on 18 July.