The commercial benefits of better environmental performance can sometimes be dramatic. Entek International of Newcastle-on-Tyne manufactures polyethylene separators for lead-acid batteries. Groundwork in the north-east of England carried out an environmental review of its plant in 1994. At the time it was disposing of 1,500 tonnes of plastic sheet to landfill every year.
On Groundwork’s recommendation, the company bought a machine to granulate the plastic waste. It now re-uses the pellets produced in the manufacturing process. Though this involved an initial investment of £100,000, the company is now saving £40,000 a month on waste disposal, labour and raw material costs.