The new initiative will see Jewson’s site waste converted to energy by Biffa, in the form of refuse-derived fuel for the generation of electricity.

Biffa will then provide this volume of renewable electricity, a 3MW base load, to Saint-Gobain, Jewson’s parent company, for use by some of its UK manufacturing businesses.

Since 2006, Jewson, whose target is zero waste to landfill, and Biffa have implemented a recycling programme at all Jewson branches. This has enabled Jewson to increase its recycling level by 260%.

According to Jewson, its commitment to divert all residual waste from landfill by 2014 includes recycling inert material, wood, gypsum and mixed materials such as paper and plastics.

Jewson’s sustainability director, Rod Leigh, said: “This arrangement is the result of a long-standing relationship between Biffa and Jewson, which will also benefit our sister companies within Saint-Gobain.

“Companies are encouraged to share environmental best practice across the Group. This particular initiative will provide protection from rising energy prices, while helping Jewson to meet its renewable energy targets through the sustainable management of waste.

“It is increasingly important that businesses break out of their linear mind set and look for opportunities to close the loop, particularly between waste and energy. Jewson is proud to be raising the bar for the construction industry both through high levels of recycling and this innovative energy from waste initiative.”

Biffa contract manager Ian Berry added: “This renewable energy deal is one of a kind and is naturally the next step after maximising recycling across the Jewson network.”

Leigh Stringer

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