We’re diverting waste from landfill
We’re all human and we all create waste; that’s just a fact of life. However, it’s what we do with that waste that’s up for contention. Landfill capacity is decreasing while commercial landfill tax is rising and when you consider sanitary products take up to 300 years to decompose and nappies up to 500 years, you realise the scale of the problem. But did you know that once your waste leaves the premises it can be diverted from landfill and used to create energy to power homes? As waste creators, we should all be taking responsibility for what happens to that waste and finding alternatives to landfill.
phs Group has taken a lead role in our industry in diverting hygiene waste from landfill, and this makes a huge difference as we are the largest collector in the UK. Through our LifeCycle Strategy, we are on a path to diverting 95% of the offensive waste we collect, away from landfill and into the National Grid by 2021, helping the UK to achieve its renewable energy targets.
We partner with Waste From Energy plants across the UK, to power homes, offices buildings, hospitals and schools with sustainable energy. The negative environmental impact of Land Fill sites can include greenhouse gas emissions and water contamination.
Together with our recycled products and our water and energy-saving technology, our Lifestyle Strategy is another way phs Group clients can benefit from our environmental leadership.
We’re helping organisations save millions of litres of water
In an average office based-business, toilet and urinal flushing and washing account for 90% of water usage. A typical full-time employee uses 50 litres of water a day in the office.
phs has a range of innovative and patented products which can save organisations thousands of litres of water – and cut the cost of water and energy bills too. From flush and water management controls, urinal sleeves to cistern sanitisers, our products help prevent blockages, eliminate odour and reduce running costs.
We’re cleaning up the ocean from plastic waste
Discarded fishing nets account for a shocking 46% of the ocean’s plastic pollution. Known as ghost nets, they risk trapping and drowning mammals such as turtles, dolphins and whales. These nets take 600 years to degrade and, when they do, shed micro plastics which make their way into the food chain.
Our carefully chosen partners are working with communities across the world to find a valuable and environmentally-beneficial use for this damaging waste stream. Since 2017, all fitted or loose lay mats we sell are made from ECONYL. ECONYL® yarn is a 100% regenerated and regenerable Nylon 6, made from waste, such as fluff from carpets, textiles and recovered fishing nets disposed in the sea. So, our mats are not only helping keep your floors clean, they are helping to clean up the oceans.
And once its served its purpose as a floor mat, it is recycled again either as equestrian bedding or turned into a refuse derived fuel to create energy; giving it life after life. So everyone who steps into a business, retailer, office or school with a floor mat from phs is contributing to the clean-up of ghost fishing nets, simply by wiping their feet.
We’re improving our carbon footprint
Each day, phs employees undertake 20,000 service visits to our customers’ sites, performing essential services. This is why 75% of our organisational carbon footprint is down to the fuel used in our vehicles. To tackle this, our efforts are focused on choosing efficient vehicles that are the best-fit for our needs, taking practical steps to reduce fuel use and looking to the future to understand how we can transition to low carbon transport solutions.
We have invested £16 million in new vehicles, downsizing vehicles and consolidating routes wherever possible. And we also engage a driver behaviour training programme, an investment which has resulted in an improvement in our average driver miles per gallon of 15% over three years.
The measures we’ve undertaken have helped us reduce the gas used to wash our mats by 9%, reduce electricity consumption at our head office by 22% as well as reducing air travel by 9% and increasing use of rail by 7%. In three years, we have reduced our organisational carbon footprint by 30%, a reduction of 12,000 tonnes of carbon.