Environmental Statement for Central Laundry Services

Envrionmental Statement regarding Central Laundry, its processes, and commitment to the environment

Central Laundry comply with all relevant Environmental Legislation including:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Water Resources Act 1991
  • Water Industries Act 1991
  • Packaging Waste Obligations Regulations 2016
  • Ozone Depleting Substance Regulations

Since January 2010 we have been working with The Carbon Trust to replace a high percentage of our machinery with modern equipment which will have far less effect on the environment and will consequently reduce our Carbon Footprint

Supported and assisted by the Carbon Trust we have invested £750k in new machinery which will drastically reduce our Carbon Footprint whilst at the same time increase our capacity. The outcome is that we are eager for new business and with such investment we plan to be in business for many years into the future.

In June 2012 Central Laundry were awarded with ISO 14001.

CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES:-

  • Water Recycling: Final rinse water is saved in a separate tank and reused for the pre wash in the very next cycle. This has resulted in a 15% water saving.
  • Heat Recovery: All condense is pumped through a heat exchanger – the heated water is used for the main wash cycle in each load.
  • Boiler flue heat recovery: water is reheated for the main wash cycle.

The above systems reduce the consumption of steam which reduces the consumption of gas.

  • Heat Conservation: All heat conducting apparatus is heavily insulated in order to reduce heat loss to an absolute minimum.
  • Paper: Fax Machine: Upon sending a fax, the confirmation is printed on the reverse of the sent document rather than printing on an additional sheet. Unwanted documents/junk mail is used for scrap paper on the reverse side.
  • Invoices: wherever possible we print invoices for the month rather than weekly. We also encourage customers to receive their invoices electronically.
  • Linen: Irretrievably stained or torn linen is gathered and collected to be used as rags in the engineering industry.
  • Plastic: Plastic packaging usage is kept to a minimum. On site recycle trailers are used to store plastic, cardboard and other packaging. They are exchanged on an as and when basis. The Company who operate this system is Goldings.
  • Ink Cartridges: Computer ink cartridges are recycled via the CTR Recycling although we are currently looking at the possibilities of refilling ink cartridges on our own site.
  • Liquid Waste: Washing machines are filled with the correct volume (by weight) of linen prior to laundering. This ensures minimum water and energy wastage. Dip levels on machines are monitored by our engineers to minimise sewerage waste.
  • Dry Waste: Dry waste is now being serviced by Independent contractors “Veolia” who are located on the same Industrial Park as Central Laundry.
  • Transport: Vehicle delivery routes are continually updated to ensure our drivers are taking the quickest possible route to each and every establishment, therefore minimising fuel usage and exhaust emissions. Vehicles are renewed on a 3-5 year rotation basis. The latest vehicles have been fitted with speed limiters to comply with current legislation.  All vehicles are now fitted with vehicle tracking software to be able to monitor our carbon emissions.
  • Polythene Waste: Central Laundry are continuously working to reduce their impact on the Environment. To this end, we have entered into a contract with a local recycling company.  We collect all polythene wrap, place it into a compactor and then this is collected and recycled.
  • Other Items: We recycle all 25 litre and 1,000 litre Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s).