Celebrating World Environment Day As Demolition Specialists

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Celebrating World Environment Day As Demolition Specialists

This week, we will be celebrating World Environment Day, on 5 June 2020. It’s important to our team here at Thompsons of Prudhoe that we acknowledge the impact that our day to day work can have on the environment, and that we highlight exactly what we do to keep our operations as green fingered as we can, including how we consistently strive to maintain the North East’s leading demolition specialists. 

Hold Up – What Is World Environment Day?

As worldenvironmentday.global so perfectly summarise:

“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.” 

Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on the 5th June, and is a day dedicated to focusing our efforts on taking environmental action. It pushes us all to consider the way we consume, for businesses to develop greener models, for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably and so much more. Above everything, it’s a calendar day to inspire positive change and make a difference. 

How Does This Affect Thompsons of Prudhoe?

As one of the North East’s leading Demolition and Construction specialists, a lot of the work we do involves making substantial changes to land. Whether that be the complete removal of a building, or moving surveyed parts of an existing building to new land. 

One of our most popular services is Demolition. The process of demolition itself has changed leaps and bounds over the years, and what was once referred to as ‘bulldozing’ is no more. Demolishing a site correctly, in a safe and correct manner is vital in order to base solid foundations for the next construction process. 

Further Reading: Methods of Demolition 

Demolition works can inevitably have strong environmental impacts, the number one effect being that there can be a lot of waste involved, and how a demolition contractor manages that waste successfully and efficiently is what sets them apart from their industry competitors. 

The Importance of Waste Management

For a business like ours, waste management is incredibly important. Sometimes we could be demolishing a fairly new building because it no longer serves its purpose, in which case means that the materials could be re-used or recycled. Saving contractors both environmental AND financial costs. 

Waste management is focused on the collection and the correct disposal of building materials. In some cases, efficient waste management is absolutely vital for the safeguarding of workers and public members. For example when working with Asbestos. If asbestos is inhaled or ingested then the risk of developing health issues (such as lung cancer, tumours and skin conditions) are extremely heightened, putting anyone at risk who comes close enough to it. Therefore professional asbestos removal must be taken care of and disposed of in a safe manner.  

Should I Have A Waste Management Plan?

To put it simply – YES. In the world we live in right now, we all produce more waste than our earth can handle. Having a waste management plan will allow your business to:

  • Provide a process to the demolition/construction phase
  • Monitor how much waste is generated 
  • Map out the final waste disposal/recycle routes
  • Check that the appropriate permits and licenses are in place
  • Reduce financial strains 

How Thompsons Manage Waste and Protect The Environment

When you work with Thompsons of Prudhoe, you don’t just receive one service. A key USP to our brand is that we offer a fully comprehensive Site Clearance & Reclamation and Earthworks service alongside everything else, allowing you to deal with just one company (us!) throughout the entire project. 

Firstly, having a well-equipped team of employees who all hold the correct and sufficient training and expert knowledge on their individual field of the business helps to support our sustainable ethos in great measures. Behind every successful company, are a group of team players working to make each goal achievable. Here at Thompsons of Prudhoe, we are not only long-standing members of the National Federation of Demolition Contracts, and the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association, but our workforce are also members of the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Waste Management. 

Using experience and knowledge of correct waste legislation, we can help our customers to clear, reclaim and remediate any site in readiness for its desired use. In our 70+ years of development, we hold expertise in handling all types of waste including inert, liquid, hazardous soils, asbestos containing materials and so much more. We also often exceed our recycling record (97%+) due to our strict procedures on Waste Segregation and Disposal, as wherever possible we will recycle any demolition waste. Whether that be metal, brick, concrete or mixed soils – if something can be modified to be reused on another project rather than sent to landfill, then we will always take these steps to do our part for the environment, as every little bit counts. 

Further Reading: Thompsons of Prudhoe: Your One Stop Shop

Get In Touch Today

If you would like to discuss any of our services, or you would like to discuss in more detail the exact steps we take into ensuring all of our work is environmentally friendly – then please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Give us a call on +44(0)1661 832 422 or email us at info@thompsonsofprudhoe.com and we are more than happy to lend our assistance wherever possible!

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