Through initiatives such as improved lighting and by investing time and floor space to enable waste to be monitored by a Waste Control Teamsignificant savings in both the amount of materials wasted and disposal costs have been achieved.

Savings in electricity consumption and cost savings of £500 p.a through the introduction of improved, energy-efficient lighting. Waste chipboard fuels factory burners which heat the whole site the waste stream and fuel purchasing are both reduced as a result. Higher levels of recycling and optimized design and cutting of production materials has produced savings in both waste generated and in production costs. Hamilton Designs put the £500 it received as a winner of the Green Pioneer Award towards the wood sawing and edging area. The new lamps emit light at a constant level.

An offer a significant improvement on the quality of light emitted by flourescent tubes. The new system results in annual savings of £480 per year and Hamilton Designs estimates that the initial cost of the tubes. The Company is also benefiting from very significant quality improvements as result of the improved lighting, with fewer errors being made and reduce wastage. Property valuers carry out the valuation process considering many important factors that affect the property's value. Factory burners which run on waste chipboard from the factory were installed six years ago and, having recently been updated, now produce enough energy to heat the whole factory floor seven days a week.

This means that expensive additional factory heating bills have been eliminated, and substantial savings are made on waste disposal. The Company’s largest purchase cost are for melamine-faced chipboard and for steel section.

These products are processed by sawing, welding, painting and milling before being assembled into finished goods - desks, pedestals, cupboards and wall storage. Hamilton Designs estimated that it lost 12% of its chipboard due to cutting and trimming, but when the Company started to monitor waste more closely it emerged that the amount of waste produced was much higher.

In response to this the Company set a target reduction figure of 25% per annum, which would save £10,000 in chipboard usage. Setting about achieving this reduction, the Company initially set up three brainstorming teams of operators, A series of management initiatives was implemented including. Waste is now strictly monitored by a Waste Control Team.

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