Fund Helping Local Industry to Go 'Green' ENVIRONMENT

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EIGHT manufacturers are well on the way to improving efficiency and making savings by going green with the Birmingham Centre for Manufacturing.

The companies are all participating on the SMEs & The Environment programme, an initiative led by Birmingham City Council and part funded through the European Regional Development Fund to help local businesses profit from improved environmental management.

The programme is being delivered at the BCM by Groundwork, and will address issues such as waste minimisation, resource efficiency, and formal aspects of Environmental Management Systems, commented Peter Mann, Environmental Network Co-ordinator.

'The delegates represent a diverse range of manufacturers, and all have been very enthusiastic about the programme.

They want to work towards formal recognition of improved environmental management, culminating in either ISO 14001 or QS-9000'.

Tulgrove Ltd is an established wire forming and presswork company, and Stephen Jones, Managing Director of Tulgrove, is a delegate on the course.

Customers

He explains that manufacturers - particularly in the automotive sector - are increasingly under pressure from their larger customers to have ISO 14001 accreditation.

'We hope to improve our environment, our impact on the environment and to make savings, but also we need to demonstrate our commitment to environmental management to our customers,'

The course runs for a year and combines a series of workshops with individual site visits.

The current programme will finish in November 2000, but according to Peter Mann, additional manufacturers can start on the scheme - either as individual participants, or where a number of companies have expressed an interest, as part of a group.

'There is an increasing awareness of the need for compliance with new legislation relating to pollution control and packaging waste for example, as well as a motivation to improve the bottom time,' he explained.

Legislation

'It is crucial that manufacturing companies are prepared for likely future legislation relating to businesses and the environment.'

A series of FREE seminars is being held at the BCM to highlight the programme, so why not come along and find out how environmental management can benefit your business?

Contact Peter Mann at the BCM for details. Tel: 0121 687 9039.

Fax: 0121 687 9009. E.mail: PeterM@bham-bcm.co.uk For further information about available support, visit the Birmingham Business Environmental Network (BBEN) website at bben.org.uk

sainsburys

Supermarket leads the way

SAVE IT: Most of the packaging used today in recyclable

EVERYONE knows that recycling is a good way to help the environment.

People in Birmingham probably recycle millions of tonnes of paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, steel and aluminium cans each year.

As a result they save raw materials, reduce energy demand and avoid waste. But even so we are just not recycling enough.

Estimates suggest that only about six per cent of household waste is recycled but the government has set targets for the UK to recycle 25-40 per cent of packaging waste by 2001. So there's a long way to go.

Sainsbury's plays its part in helping customers recycle by providing banks in its car parks and hosting the Alcan recycling vans at some of its Birmingham stores.

The Alcan mobile recycling centre began visiting Sainsbury's supermarkets in the Birmingham area in 1990. In Birmingham there are 80 million aluminium cans available per year.

If recycled they would earn collectors pounds 600,000.

Many Sainsbury's stores in the Birmingham area also have red recycling bins for aluminium cans.

Money from the sales of these cans go to raise funds for the Children's Hospital Appeal. Another way people can support recycling is to buy products made out of recycled material. …