Now in their fifth year, the Better Society awards celebrate commercial organisations that are investing in more equal, ethical and sustainable ways of working. FM Conway fought off stiff competition from Greene King and the London Waste and Recycling Board among others to be awarded the 2019 waste management accolade at a prestigious ceremony held at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Thursday.
Over the past 30 years, FM Conway has invested in an industry-leading network of asphalt manufacturing and recycling plants, processing waste materials from its live highway construction sites for re-use on future projects. It now recycles over 250,000 tonnes of asphalt from roads in London and the South East each year. The business also recycles gully waste from its water and drainage management operations at a specialist drainage treatment plant in Dartford – the only wet waste recycling plant of its kind in the UK. 95 per cent of the input materials sent to the plant are reused instead of being sent to landfill as hazardous waste.
Michael Conway MBE, CEO of FM Conway, commented: “Recycling is part of our DNA at FM Conway and thanks to our continued investment, we now recycle 98 per cent of the waste generated by our construction activities.
“The Better Society awards are an important part of making sure that businesses continue to strive for better ways of working and we’re proud to be leading the charge on a more circular approach to materials in our industry. Investing in sustainability is the right thing to do for our planet but it also makes business sense – in our case helping us to drive efficiencies for our clients and ensure a regular material supply.”