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Minster shortlisted for five national green awards

We’ve been shortlisted for five major national awards in recognition of our efforts to recycle and cut the carbon footprint of our work.

We’re a finalist for three BusinessGreen Leaders Awards and for two National Recycling Awards.

Last year, we won regional awards for our commitment to green technology and innovation; winning Best Business and Overall Winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2018 and the Innovation in Construction Award at the Lincolnshire Innovation & Technology Awards 2018. We’re really proud of these awards, but we’re now in the big leagues.

Both of these national awards celebrate businesses and organisations that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and the environment: The National Recycling Awards recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management, while the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are recognised as the UK’s most prestigious and high profile green business awards.

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2019

In the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards on the 26th June, Minster Surfacing is shortlisted for:

  • Circular Economy Project of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year

Meanwhile, our co-founder and Managing Director, Bruce Spencer-Knott is shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year.

James Murray, the editor of BusinessGreen said:

“The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are the UK’s premier awards for those businesses that are committed to advancing the green economy and tackling the environmental challenges we all face. Now in their ninth year the awards were more competitive than ever with a record number of entries from many of the UK’s leading blue chip firms and exciting green start-ups and all the short listed companies have stood out for their pioneering environmental efforts and their inspiring work to embrace clean technologies and greener business models.”

National Recycling Awards 2019

In the National Recycling Awards on the 27th June, Minster Surfacing is shortlisted for:

  • Smarter Systems (Efficiency Award)
  • Waste Reduction Initiative – Commercial Sector

Our green innovations

We’ve earned a reputation for our commitment to using green technology and innovations to improve the way we work and to reduce the impact that road surfacing has on the environment.

We’re one of the first companies in the UK to be using technology which enables us to recycle the material that’s removed from old roads so it can be reused on-site to create new surfaces. Crucially, this technology also enables us to recycle road material containing coal-tar, which can cost councils up to £100 per tonne to safely send to landfill. Currently, we recycle around 50% of the material we handle, although we has ambitious plans to significantly increase this in future.

Alongside this, we use high-tech vehicle-mounted laser scanning technology to quickly and accurately measure surfaces, creating computer aided designs and instructions for new surfaces to reduce waste and improve quality. We also use GPS tracking and temperature monitoring to guarantee quality and reduce waste further.

We’re also using additional road material to create durable farm tracks, industrial yards and car parks that are 100% recycled and almost as high quality as new roads.

These green innovations have prevented hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material from being sent to landfill and they have significantly reduced the need more mineral aggregate to be quarried or oil to be extracted and transported to create new surfaces.

Managing Director, Bruce Spencer-Knott said:

“We were thrilled to be recognised regionally for our green innovations last year, and since then, we’ve developed and refined our processes further so we can reduce waste and recycle at every stage of the construction process. Now, we’re up against some big well-known companies for some of the most prestigious green business awards in the country, which is amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of my team and grateful to our clients for their willingness to embrace new technology and new ways of working.

“People think that road surfacing is a dirty, pollutive, old-fashioned industry, but we’re demonstrating that it can be a modern, high-tech and green aspect of civil engineering and construction. It’s an honour to be shortlisted for these awards; fingers crossed that they’ll soon be taking pride of place in our trophy cabinet!”

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