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Green Apple for Uponor Super Team

Posted: Wednesday 24th January 2007

Uponorís SUPER (Systems for Uponor PolyEthylene Recycling) scheme team, created as part of the pipe manufacturerís Business Improvement process, are proud recipients of a National Green Apple award from the Green Organisation.

The award was delivered in recognition of the benefits the teamís SUPER scheme has brought to Uponor, its customers and the environment. The scheme has entailed making the recovery and recycling of customer polyethylene (PE) waste cost-effective, along with giving customers access to waste stream data to form part of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and waste minimisation strategies at local and regional levels.

So far, more than 260 tonnes of PE has been recovered during the 18 months that the scheme has been operating. The recovered material is turned into pelletised PE that can be used in a variety of non-pressure products, at Uponorís Newton Aycliffe, Cork and Banbridge facilities.

Uponor personnel working on this innovative scheme included Gary Wain, Gordon Harrison, Peter Jellis, Tony Minett, Mick Rathbone and Mark Richardson.

Gary Wain received the award on behalf of his team along with project engineer Jessica Richardson from National Grid at a recent event held at the Tower of London, from leading environmental personality Dr David Bellamy, along with the Green Organisationís Roger Wolens.

Another Accolade

Every year Uponor runs its own Business Improvement Awards (BIA) scheme, in which internal groups of Uponor employees look at particular issues, define processes to tackle them and measure the impact of any subsequent improvements. Benefits are also identified and measured for the company, customers, suppliers and the environment. At this yearís BIA open day event, the SUPER scheme team was one of the top three voted on by visitors and the official BIA judges alike.

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