Zero-ing in on eco-success at business centre

AWARD: Simon Hamilton of UK Steel Enterprise with Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director of J & B Recycling.

AWARD: Simon Hamilton of UK Steel Enterprise with Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director of J & B Recycling.

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THE green credentials of a business centre have been given a green boost.

The Innovation Centre on Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park has been awarded a Zero Waste to Landfill certificate.

The centre was built and is run by UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary. It currently houses around 40 growing businesses operating in sectors that include haulage, recruitment, energy, construction, website design and health.

The certificate confirms that the Innovation Centre has every scrap of its waste material recycled with nothing going to landfill. It was awarded by Hartlepool’s J & B Recycling Ltd, a thriving company that has received two separate investments from UK Steel Enterprise in recent years.

The award has strengthened the Innovation Centre’s already impressive array of environmentally-friendly services.

Hub Two, the recent extension that added an extra 46 offices to the Centre, has 180 solar panels, more than any other building in Hartlepool, and a system that captures, stores and filters rainwater for use around the building.

An intelligent lighting system automatically dims and raises lighting.

Simon Hamilton, regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise said: “The main aim of our Centres is to help local businesses by providing top quality facilities on easy terms and at very cost-effective rates but our buildings are also carefully designed to be environmentally-friendly.

“We want our facilities to be the best in every way possible and we are delighted to have this certificate confirming that we send zero waste to landfill sites.”