New Thinking from New Town

27th August 2018 By 0 Comments

Few of us could’ve been left untouched by recent news items highlighting the plight of marine life increasingly, adversely impacted, by discarded plastics in our oceans & seas.

As an ISO 14001 certified business, OPG takes our responsibility seriously when it comes to our impact on the planet.
All aspects of our production and operations are assessed and steps taken to minimise our environmental footprint, as we go about our daily business.

These measures are routinely monitored and audited by British Standards Institute (BSI) to ensure we comply with all clauses of ISO 14001:2015, our globally recognised environmental management system.

So, when the opportunity arose to brand this BMI walking floor trailer & MAN tractor unit, we relished the opportunity to produce and wrap these graphics for New Town Waste Solutions.

We printed the graphics using environmentally friendly, water-based inks, in our climate controlled print room. OPG’s recent investment in GMG colour management software ensures we reproduce client images accurately & consistently, using minimum ink levels. This year, OPG switched from single-use plastic cup dispensing at our water cooler over to recyclable paper cups. All this affords OPG our competitive edge, whilst doing our bit for the planet.

Our site recently invested in low-energy, LED lighting, as well as investing in state-of-the-art gas boilers & temperature control systems. This has measurably reduced our energy consumption and Carbon emissions.

To minimise materials waste, we use computers to ‘nest’ component parts together, to glean every last inch from raw materials. As a result, our waste generation is minimised. This is underpinned by our quality management system, ISO9001:2015 that underpins our effort to get jobs right, first time; again, minimising waste through rework.

These behind-the-scenes efforts at OPG chime with the same ethos evident at New Town Waste Solutions. Their impressive new walking floor trailer & MAN tractor unit is undeniably an inspiring ‘call to action’ to everyone who will see its unmissable message. Clearly, as a recycling company based in Motherwell, New Town is acutely aware of its responsibilities as an employer and its impact on the local area. As Martin McLindon, M.D., explains; ‘We are a growing company and will continue to do so through our continued planning and strategy going forward. Myself and my fellow directors, Billy Neilson, & Michael Smith, want to engage with our local community through employment opportunities and social responsibility projects. We have been working with various charities over the last 11 years and raised over £100k where a number of charities have benefitted from our fundraising events. Our current charity partner is Think Pink Scotland who are based at Glasgow University. Every pound raised goes directly towards research, new equipment and technology in the hope that we can come up with new treatments for people suffering from breast cancer.

Now we want to take our social responsibilities that bit further involving the local schools to help raise awareness of recycling and the importance of recycling in the modern day. The other directors and I had a casual conversation over a cup of coffee and agreed that one of the biggest issues facing the recycling industry is the lack of options available for single use plastics. We decided there and then to engage with the local schools where we asked them to come up with a new design that would be wrapped onto our new unit and trailer. Thankfully Our Lady’s High School responded very positively and presented us with over twenty designs to consider. The work and effort put in by the kids at Our Lady’s was outstanding. It was a very difficult choice in the end but we feel we made the right choice and the design will certainly help raise awareness of plastics and the effects they can have on marine life. The school received a cheque which will go towards further art and design projects, the pupils also received gift vouchers just to say thank you and that we appreciated their efforts. On the back of this project, the school has asked us to visit them to talk to the pupils on the importance of recycling. We are also planning on them visiting our site to let them see first-hand how we process and recycle all types of material coming through our gates. It really has been a terrific project and one that we will definitely look to repeat.