For National Recycling Week, believe housing and ENGIE have teamed up to showcase the work they do to support the environment through recycling.
Working together on a ten-year, £138 million, contract of internal and external works, the two companies have made recycling and supporting the environment a key part of projects across County Durham.
The cornerstone of this work is the amount of recycling of materials taken from homes which have been renovated.
Latest figures show that 99% of the waste generated from the various schemes is reused, with 85% being recycled and 14% being used as Refuse-derived fuel which is used to power more environmentally friendly biomass powerplants.
Executive Director of Communities and Customer Services at believe housing, Nik Turner, said: “By its very nature, high-quality refurbishment of existing homes is a great way to reduce waste; it’s got a key role to play in sustainably tackling the housing crisis. But committing to go so much further with such stringent targets for recycling and reducing carbon emissions is a great demonstration of our commitment to the environment and the community.”
ENGIE and believe housing are also working to promote recycling and other green schemes to residents, to leave a lasting legacy of communities across the county which have more of an interest in looking after the environment.
Tim Wood, Head of Sustainability at ENGIE, said: “As a company, we have a focus on making Zero Carbon happen and in every scheme we’re involved in, we are always looking for ways to complete it in a more environmentally friendly manner.
“Recycling or reusing 99% of the waste generated in our works with believe housing is a real boost to the environment and proves we can deliver high-quality home refurbishments for residents with a green focus.”