How Can Scaffolding Be Considered Sustainable?
In recent years, sustainability has become more and more important for businesses. The building and the scaffolding industry may seem to have a negative impact on the environment due to the high usage of heavy-duty machinery, emissions, energy use and the amount of waste in construction sites, however, this initial assessment might not be correct. Can scaffolding be considered sustainable? In this article, we will discuss why scaffolding is more sustainable than you think.
Recyclable and Reusable
One way of reducing a business’ negative impact on the environment is using recyclable and reusable materials. Made from aluminium or steel, scaffolding poles are strong and durable enough to be reused over and over again. Similarly, metal poles can be melted down to make other products. Aluminium and steel scaffolding poles are also recyclable, as long as they are recycled properly in scrap metal collections or recycling centres, it should have no negative impact on the environment.
Uses Less Timber
Before the 19th century, scaffolding was generally made from timber. It wasn’t until many decades later that steel materials were first introduced. In modern times, timber is not commonly used as a scaffolding material. As a result, steel scaffolding has reduced the amount of timber used, saving millions of trees from deforestation. Some types of scaffolding may still use timber, but at much smaller quantities than timber scaffolding.
Lastly, carrying out training about the environment to staff is another reason how the scaffolding industry has become more sustainable. The purpose of these regular staff training is to ensure environmental policies are fully understood and complied with at all times. Training and educating staff on important issues such as recycling and sustainability is extremely effective. As a result, staff will stay up-to-date on how to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible while at work.
Sustainable Scaffolding In The Midlands
As a scaffolding company, we are aware that our line of work and those of the construction industry can pose a negative impact on our surrounding environment. We are fully committed to reducing any negative impact our operations may cause in local communities as much as possible. We strive for a healthy balance between satisfying our client’s needs, ensuring the safety of our clients, our staff members and the public as well as being sustainable. If sustainability is important to you and your business, as much as it’s important to us, then you may be looking for ways to undergo construction work to suit your values.
At Network Scaffold Services, we are proud to be a sustainable scaffolding company. Based in Derby, we also offer our access scaffolding, scaffolding and scaffold erecting services to other areas across the Midlands including Nottingham, Loughborough, Lichfield, Tamworth, Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire and the rest of Derbyshire. For more information on our efforts to continuously reduce our impact on the environment, please read our environmental policy.
For any enquiries, please contact us. Our team would be happy to discuss your construction plans and requirements with you.