Eco Sustainable Solutions prevented 89,435 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere last year by diverting waste from landfill, creating products and producing green energy, according to the company’s 2022 sustainability report.

Eco recycled an incredible 282,000 tonnes of organic waste last year which included processing 42,971 tonnes of wood waste, with 33,500 tonnes of wood sent for energy recovery off site and 9,400 tonnes of wood used to produce energy at the company’s on-site combined heat and power biomass plant.

The family-run firm, with sites in Christchurch, Weymouth and Dorchester, also produced enough green energy to power over 5,600 homes through its biomass and anaerobic digestion facilities, the company said.

Alongside the investment in a new aggregate washing facility, the company’s other sustainability improvement initiatives include the promotion of electric vehicles through the introduction of a salary sacrifice scheme, which incentivises employees to convert to electric vehicles, as well as converting the existing fleet to electric.

Biodiversity enhancements through the creation of nine reptile hibernacula bunds (buried log piles that provide refuge for reptiles during hibernation) around the company’s Eco Park near Bournemouth have also resulted in sightings of all six of the UK’s native reptiles, which includes adders, smooth snakes, grass snakes, slow worms, common lizards, and sand lizards.

Justin Dampney, Managing Director at Eco Sustainable Solutions said: “this report summarises the huge amount of effort the team at Eco puts in to reduce the impact of Dorset’s waste and to ensure that all our activities are as sustainable as possible, in every sense of the word. As we take on new challenges and opportunities that 2023 presents, I have every confidence in our ability to replicate and exceed Eco’s achievements over the past year.”

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