Looking after the environment makes good sense and is something we actively try to implement.
The first stage of our recycling policy is to make the best possible use of any raw materials we use. By using the maximum area of raw material possible we can immediately reduce wastage and use our resources more efficiently.
All “offcuts” or usable leftovers are packed away and kept for use on any appropriate future jobs. If you are looking for a small part of a one-off you should contact us we may well have a small leftover which you can make use of.
Acrylic (Perspex, Plexiglas)
We ONLY use cast acrylic sheet. Not only is cast a much superior material it is also fully recyclable. All scraps of acrylic are sent away to be recycled which eliminates landfill.
All metal scrap is collected and recycled.
At the present time we have not been able to find any specialist PVC recyclers. This being the case we try to limit our use of PVC and use as much material as we can out of the available sheet size.
This material is a tricky recycling proposition because it is a bonded composite of aluminium and plastic. Recycling of this material is available in Germany but not yet common in the UK. We are monitoring the situation and treating aluminium composite in the same way as PVC until such time as recycling facilities are available.
Timber based material
All timber-based sheet material is sourced from reputable UK suppliers who comply with sustainability regulations. We maximise usage of timber-based boards and use whatever scrap is left as packaging. Pieces which are too small for packaging are suitable for biofuel or landfill.
Plastic packaging (bubble wrap)
We need to use this material because of the way in which UK parcel companies handle consignments. This material can be reused many times so we encourage customers to reuse any packaging materials we send them.
Energy-efficiency is something we actively pursue. Whenever possible we limit the use of electricity turning off any machinery which is not in use. Our illuminated sign products are all built with energy-efficient LED modules which last longer than traditional light sources and use much less energy.
Our CNC production equipment does not produce toxic or hazardous fumes.
For our waterjet processes, we seek to minimise water consumption at all times. Wastewater is filtered before release back into the drains. The main contaminants in waterjet wastewater is Garnet which is a safe, inert material.