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Local company gets bite of Green Apple

Manchester based decommissioning and demolition specialist KDC has delivered a complex demolition project that has won a prestigious award for environmental best practice.

Wrexham Council has won a Green Apple Environment Award following the demolition project. The Green Apple Awards aim to celebrate Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.

The award was clinched for environmental best practice in the demolition of Hightown Flats in Wrexham.  The flats were demolished in March after they were deemed beyond repair.

The Council wanted to use the scheme as an example of recycling, reuse and reduced carbon footprint and awarded KDC the contract.

Once the flats were demolished, materials were separated and concrete crushed.  97 per cent of suitable materials were recycled including 13,100 tonnes of concrete, 280 tonnes of metal, 10 tonnes of UPVC and 445 tonnes of timber. 

Stephen Hardy of KDC, said:

“We were determined to ensure this project was carried out in an environmentally responsible way.  We sourced local outlets for the recycled materials providing crushed concrete for use on the new link road to Wrexham Industrial Estate.  We also sourced local companies to carry out some of the works on site.  The team at KDC worked extremely hard to ensure the project was carried out within budget, on time, with minimum environmental impact. It’s fantastic our efforts have been recognised with this prestigious award.”

The project was pitted against more than 500 other nominations.  The award will be presented on November 14 at the House of Commons.  KDC will also be featured in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environment best practice.  

Following the UK awards, it will be considered for the European Business Awards for the Environment. 

The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation, an independent group dedicated to promoting the positive side of environmental endeavour.  They have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world and one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.

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