Exergy – NewPack

NewPack, a project based throughout Europe and due to end in 2021, is focused on the production of new bio-plastics based on PHB-PLA blends with improved sustainability performance. It is a project run by our new members Exergy. More >


Cycle-R – Bike Recycling

SWM members Cycle-R is a charity specialising in the recycling of bikes, to reduce waste and ensure the materials are reused for the benefit of the local workforce, cycling in the Cannock Chase area and the creation of training opportunities. More >


Aston University goes Plastic Free

The aim of this project was to reduce single-use plastic consumption on campus through a number of different means including encouraging behaviour-change such as encouraging use of reusable cups for hot drinks, encouraging tap water consumption, and not using balloons at graduations. More >


ASAN Wood Saints

The aim of this project, run by our members EnTRESS with ASAN Wood Saints, was to improve the company’s manufacturing process with the identification of suitable laser cutting equipment to expand production. More >


Warwickshire Community Recycling – Community Champion of the Year 2012, Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM)

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (W-CAVA) and the Heart of England Community Foundation created ‘Warwickshire Community Recycling’ (WCR) as a joint charitable enterprise. In a subsequent joint venture with Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Community Recycling (WCR) took over the management of Stockton and Wellesbourne recycling centres from the county council on April 1 2012. More >


Alumet Group – Sandwell College

The aim of this project was to develop Sandwell College on time and on budget,in accordance with the company’s sustainability and environmental policies, and ISO 14001 accreditation. Good forward planning of site delivery logistics enabled good efficiency. However savings made in this regard can easily be lost due to unplanned and uneconomic deliveries in order to replenish site damages or programme requirements. This occurred towards the end of the project. More >


Alcon Components – Master Cylinder Manufacture

Alcon components have worked with Capella Associates on this project entitled ‘Master Cylinder Manufacture’. Capella Associates have worked with over 250 organisations across a range of sectors, helping organisations to improve their performance. More >


Birmingham Environmental Partnership Green Restaurant Awards

In 2010, the Birmingham Environmental Partnership reinforced its commitment to helping businesses reduce their impact on the environment, by setting up the Green Restaurant Awards.

These awards are given to the restaurants that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and the environment. Entrants are judged in the categories of waste management, energy reduction, purchasing, and staff and community with an overall winner receiving the Green Restaurant of the Year Award. More >


Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change: West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Awards 2010

Snitterfield village is in the heart of Warwickshire. A thriving community with a wide range of amenities, including a nursery and primary school, shop, sports club, two churches and a pub. There are approximately 1400 residents.

SACC was formed in 2007. They are a community group tasked with responding to the global issues of climate change at local level. They are a group of eight dedicated volunteers who hold open monthly meetings in the village hall.

SACC looks for practical ways to engage with the village to promote initiatives and actions, focusing on carbon emission reductions. More >


Knowaste Ltd – Winner of the EU Regions ECOLINK + Showcase Awards for Eco Innovation companies 2010

Knowaste Ltd operates in the waste treatment sector. The company was established in the UK to recycle nappies, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products, known as absorbent hygiene products (AHP’s). Knowaste Ltd is the subsidiary of US parent, Knowaste LLC.

Knowaste Ltd has established its first UK absorbent hygiene products recycling plant at Giffords Way, off Kelvin Way in West Bromwich. The company has plans for up to 5 plants around the UK to help tackle the 1.1 million tonnes of AHP produced by the commercial and domestic sectors. More >


Lorien Engineering Solutions

Founded in 1985 upon brewery engineering roots, Lorien has since delivered over €2 billion of capital projects to customers in a diverse range of industries, from food and pharmaceutical to green energy and carbon reduction.

Renewable Waste and Energy is a fast-growing sector for the firm, with expertise in Waste Recycling Facilities, Waste Transfer Stations, Biogas, Biomass Heating, Composting, and Combined Heat and Power.

In recent years, Lorien has enjoyed particular success in the heritage sector. More >


Telford Extrusions

Telford Extrusions is part of the Epwin group which is the UK’s second largest PVC-U and PVC-UE extruder. The Telford site manufactures ‘low maintenance’ profiles for the window and door industry.

During the manufacturing process, large quantities of water are circulated around the machines to cool the extruded profile. The company learnt that they could save on sewer charges by showing that during the manufacturing process water is lost through evaporation rather than via the sewer. More >



In 2001 Lyreco moved into the bespoke site at Donnington, Telford with 300 office and 300 warehouse personnel. Working with BESST and Envirowise, Lyreco hosted a Water Audit to identify where efficiencies could be made. There had not been much focus on water efficiency at this site as attention had been on electricity and gas. More >


SusMo (Sustainable Moseley) – Winner of British Gas Green Streets award

SusMo is a resident-inspired and resident-led campaign, overseen by Moseley Forum. SusMo is aiming to make Moseley a more sustainable community both by personal action to cut our household CO2 emissions and through community initiatives, including with local businesses, schools and other public sector organisations, along with third sector organisations from within Moseley, as well as around the city and further afield.
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Waste Matching diverting waste from landfill

Harper Adams University College used an online forum to ask for a solution to their waste packaging problem and found that Ricoh UK Products could help them. This is an example of how organisations can work collaboratively to become more sustainable. Even small one-off solutions can save money and be better for the environment and we hope that organisations which do not have extensive environmental processes in place can take inspiration from this. More >


Johnson Tiles

Johnson Tiles is the leading manufacturer and supplier of ceramic tiles in the UK, with a long history of market leadership and industry production development.

The company’s products are used in a wide range of commercial and non commercial projects and they supply ceramic tiles to almost every country in the world. More >


Sudden Impact Computer Services Ltd

Employing 20 people, Sudden Impact specialises in the repair, servicing, supply and recycling of printers, fax machines, scanners and other electrical office equipment. Launched 18 years ago, it handles thousands of ‘end-of life’ machines a year. Now turning over around £1 million a year it has hundreds of reconditioned printers, plotters and scanners in stock at any one time for re-sale, exchange and short or long term rental. More >


Birmingham Hippodrome – Winner of the Building Controls Industry Energy Management Award 2007

Birmingham Hippodrome, the most visited theatre in the UK, has recently won an environmental award for its ongoing commitment and work on improving wastage, recycling and reducing its carbon footprint.

Birmingham Hippodrome is the first theatre in the UK to be registered to ISO 14001, an international standard for Environmental Management Systems, now the most widely awarded EMS certification in the world. More >


National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) – Winner of a British Expertise Global Environmental Impact Award 2009

The West Midlands’ region is home to NISP, the world’s first and only national industrial symbiosis programme. It was established in 2003 as a pilot scheme in the region with the aim of creating a network for businesses to identify ways in which underutilised resources such as energy, water and materials from one company could be recovered, reprocessed and reused by others elsewhere in the region. More >


DENSO Manufacturing U.K. Ltd – Winner of a Green Business Award 2009

From 2004 DENSO established an Environmental Champions group, within the plant, who started looking at reducing raw material use, improving energy conservation, energy reclamation and waste water management.

In 2004, 55 tonnes were going to landfill every month, but within two years they managed to reduce this to zero. As a result of accurate waste classification, DENSO now recycle 94% of all waste produced. The remaining 6% goes for incineration, with some energy recovery, but since 2006 none goes to landfill. Each area of production was challenged to improve their performance and each week it was monitored to determine whether they had made any progress. More >


Summerfield Eco-neighbourhood – Winner of a Sustainable Housing Award for Community involvement/Engagement award 2009

Summerfield, in Ladywood was recognised as one of the most deprived districts in Birmingham and fell within the top 3 per cent in the UK.

Summerfield Eco-neighbourhood was designed not only to raise environmental awareness but also to promote sustainability and deliver tangible benefits to residents by improving the appearance of the area, the project was set up primarily to alleviate fuel poverty and reduce energy bills. Summerfield Residents Group began tackling issues in their area such as anti-social behaviour, waste management, overcrowding and the difficulty of heating the characteristic Victorian housing stock; Urban Living and partners joined in, eventually forming the largest eco-project of its kind in the UK. More >


Rocks Green, Shropshire – Winner of a Sustainable Housing Award 2009

Rocks Green is a development of 91 new affordable homes at Ludlow. The development was commissioned by South Shropshire Housing Association who was keen to maximise its environmental rating.

The association teamed up with woodfuel specialist, Econergy, to design an acceptable woodfuel district heating scheme that would meet both the carbon reduction target and the budget. More >