Reducing construction’s carbon footprint is a hot issue and one that cannot be ignored. Jonathan Greer from Tubular Solutions discusses the benefits of refurbishing, repairing and re-using tubes, boards and components.
The scaffolding industry can help the environment
There are lots of questions that can be asked around sustainability for scaffolding companies that touch on the environment, reducing waste, becoming more cost efficient, how we purchase products and how we deliver our work.
Answers are complex and in-depth, but let’s talk about a straightforward solution that every scaffolding company, from sole trader to multinational, should consider.
Costs you should consider
Scaffold materials aren’t cheap at the best of times and particularly not now – boards are at record prices and most materials in short supply.
This means increased lead times from suppliers to customers with knock-on effects of increased hire periods and a need to carry more materials to trade efficiently and effectively.
What are the economic and environmental impacts? Short-term hiring or purchasing at inflated costs meets immediate customer demand, but prices may well reduce in the future, leaving businesses with extra costs to cover.
Manufacturing and delivering more and more scaffold boards puts extra pressure on a natural resource and increases our carbon footprint.
Bent tube can be straight again
Repairing and re-using materials that we already own is a quick and easy solution. This can be achieved through straightening bent scaffold tube and putting old or unused stock that has been sitting at the end of the yard back into service via a simple and cost-efficient service that costs less than 10% of new tubes.
It doesn’t only apply to tube and fitting – system scaffold can also be straightened by specialists offering a UK-wide service that comes to you. Fittings can also be refurbished, serviced and even painted. Readylok and extending transoms can be repaired with new components including sliding arms, retaining bolts and more.
Consider fixing other equipment
Do you throw away your old ladder gates when the spring breaks or the bolt falls out? Do you buy new when the mesh front starts falling off?
These are simple repairs that can be carried out at your premises, at convenient times, for sometimes less than 25% of replacement costs.
Damaged and unfit stock, and tube off-cuts can also be taken away and recycled.
Make your own bins and stillages
An unwanted additional cost to now consider is the hire of stillages and bins from suppliers. Where once these came as part of the supplier package, industry is now being charged. Your 3ft and 4ft tubes can be re-used to construct strong and long-lasting tube and bin stillages, giving tangible financial and environmental benefits.
Simple steps to profitability
Take steps to greater sustainability by specifying environmentally-friendly lubricants and starting sustainable processes in your yards and offices.
Keep the process simple and achievable – small steps that help achieve an environmental goal can see you increase profitability and output through re-use, repair and recycling.
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