Thirteen is opening a state-of-the-art, environmental centre in Billingham which will transform the way it handles waste.
The innovative centre, which is the only one of its kind in the region and housing sector, will give Thirteen complete control over its waste management and processing, maximising recycling and reducing landfill by as much as 95%.
The centre’s solar photovoltaic panels will create a plentiful supply of on-site renewable energy, reducing electricity consumption from the grid.
The estimated 35,000 kWh of power a year generated will be enough to make the site entirely self-sufficient. The system is expected to reduce carbon emissions by around 50 tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year.
The centre, which boasts its own weighbridge, will also offer:
• An innovation lab to test new technology to make homes safer, greener and smarter
• An ecology centre, run by Thirteen’s environmental specialist with classrooms for local children, beehives, chickens, bat boxes, trees and planting
• A new base for the grounds maintenance team with ample storage for materials and equipment
• Office space and meeting room facilities
• A new van washing facility for trade operatives, saving money and time on destination car washes
• An upcycling department for furniture from empty properties, offices and unsold stock from furniture stores which can be refurbished to help the most vulnerable and those in need.
Director of facilities management Scott Lowther said: “This is an ambitious project, but one that is very close to all our hearts at Thirteen.
“This state-of-the-art investment means we can reduce costs, improve efficiencies, invest in people and improve our local environments.
“I am really proud that the environmental centre, which will continue to evolve will no doubt be a landmark scheme for the sector.
“Having the ability to control our own waste and its processing, as well as being able to educate and engage people on the impacts on the environment is a real leap forward that will contribute towards cleaner, greener neighbourhoods.”