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Uponor infrastructure wins sustainable award

Posted: Wednesday 20th June 2007

Uponor Infrastructure has won a further award for its innovative SUPER (Systems for Uponor PolyEthylene Recycling) recycling scheme.

Uponor won the ‘Environment Business Outstanding Achievement Award’ at The City of London Corporation’s Sustainable City Awards at the end of February as well as being highly commended in the resource conservation category. The judges recognised that Uponor was ‘an exemplary company in the notoriously environmentally damaging construction industry…The construction and demolition industry annually produces around 91 million tonnes of inert waste, so Uponor’s measures have been highlighted to set an example to their industry.’

In the past 10 years pipes and fittings manufacturer Uponor has, as a direct consequence of best practice waste minimisation and recycling activities, reduced the amount of its general waste going to landfill by 86 per cent, mainly by eliminating or reducing packaging waste and diverting recyclables away from landfill.

Uponor’s scheme, begun in 2005 to take back and recycle customer polyethylene (PE) pipes and fittings waste using its own vehicles, has reclaimed more than 260 tonnes of PE so far, the equivalent to eliminating 520 tonnes of CO2, or removing 406 cars from the road for a year. The waste is pelletised and made into non-potable water pipes and telecommunications ducting.

The Sustainable Awards judges were impressed by Uponor’s commitment to environmental improvement and the tangible results yielded. For this reason they were felt to be worthy winners of the commendation. This second commendation comes after Uponor’s recent ‘Green Apple’ awarded by the Green Organisation at the end of 2006.

‘Green tsar’ Zac Goldsmith, who presented the awards to the winners at the Mansion House awards ceremony, said: “Climate change represents the biggest threat we’ve ever faced as a species and it is good to see the broad range of companies, organisations and individuals that see it as their responsibility to take sustainability to the heart of what they do. Whilst in the past, the received wisdom was that ethics cost money, now it’s understood that it is a lack of ethics which is the expensive option.” For further information please visit

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