Environmental Policy

Edgewood Joinery will ensure that its activities are carried out in accordance with best environmental working practice as set out by all relevant UK and EC and international regulations and legislation. The company will develop, demonstrate, promote and monitor use of best practice, techniques and management throughout its activities.

Responsibilities

The environmental policy depends on the managers, supervisors and employees at all levels within the company. The employees will be made aware of what is expected of them by the company and what is required by them by law.

All employees have a responsibility to accept their personal involvement in the practical allocation of this policy, but specific responsibility falls upon line managers, supervisors, and staff professionally involved in administration and training.

The site supervisors are responsible for the day to day environmental issues arising on site and for the implementation of all necessary measures to ensure compliance with all statutes and other matters relating to the environment. They shall identify, during the process of the works, any matters that breach the statutes.

They are also responsible for any sub-contractors employed by the company on site, ensure they comply with environmentally friendly practices.

Edgewood joinery will develop relationships with suppliers to ensure that they are adhering to best environmental practices, where possible.

Objectives

Use Of Timbers

  • Our policy is to purchase timber only from certified suppliers who can demonstrate an effective environmental policy towards obtaining timber from regenerable sources.
  • Where practical possible timber purchased will be of FSC or PEFC certification.
  • Customers will be persuaded not to use timber from threatened forest areas.
  • We will do all in our power to promote the use of timber exported from countries with reforestation policies.
  • Board materials made up of threatened timbers will not be used.

Adhesives, Paints and Preservatives

  • Hand applied preservatives will not be used.
  • Preservative treatments will only be carried out by fully licensed Companies.
  • Timber will not be “worked” after preservation treatments in order to minimise contaminated waste.

  • Water based adhesives will only be used if possible.
  • Empty glue cylinders will be recycled if possible
  • Only water based paints will be used.

Recycling and Site Management

  • Dust extraction will be maintained in order to reduce the risk of accidental release into the atmosphere.
  • Low consumption light sources will be used wherever possible and turned off when not in use.
  • Building alterations will always include adequate insulation if appropriate.
  • Machinery will not be left running when not in use.
  • Doors will not be left open during winter months in order to conserve heat.

  • Wood waste burnt on site, to provide heating for workshops.
  • Wood shaving waste from dust extraction used to manufacture briquettes on site, which then provides heating to the workshops.
  • Waste will be separated into recyclable and non-recyclable lots
  • Use of paperless mail and electronic documents to reduce paper usage.
  • Opportunities will be found to reduce all waste output to a minimum.

Use of Company Vehicles

  • Travelling on Company business will be kept to a minimum wherever possible
  • Delivery routes will be intelligently planned in order to reduce total mileage involved

  • Company vehicles will be regularly serviced in order that they may operate at maximum efficiency
  • Use of small fuel efficient town car for transport of staff to sites