Environmental Sustainability

ADS Painters & Decorators Limited is committed to sustainable development

ADS is committed to providing a positive social impact – striving to be a role model and build partnerships founded on trust and mutual advantage, within the communities in which we operate and the company strives to be transparent – communicating openly and actively with encouraging dialogue on all issues relevant to this policy.

Environmental Policy

ADS is dedicated to the principles of sustainable development and is committed to conducting all our operations with respect to the environment, seeking to drive down the impact of our activities by reducing waste and using resources efficiently.

Our environmental policy currently requires us to:

  1. Manage our activities in ways that reduce their environmental impact to a practicable minimum
  2. Continually improve our environmental performance and prevent pollution, through setting clear environmental objectives and regularly monitoring progress against them
  3. Operate a management system that ensures that our environmental policy is understood and implemented at all levels throughout the company

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is defined as ‘forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs’.

ADS’s policy is to conduct our business responsibility with integrity and with respect for the interest of all those affected by our operations.

In particular to deliver this policy we endorse the following principles:

  • comply with all relevant laws and regulations and take any additional measures we consider necessary
  • meet all commitments in our Safety, Health and Environmental Policy and standards
  • conduct our business with integrity and respect human rights
  • create a working environment for our employees based on trust and respect
  • build long term relationships with our clients and suppliers
  • provide appropriate training for our employees to implement this policy

Our environmental performance

  • reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gasses
  • monitor and review the impact of our activities in respect of:
    1. energy use
    2. greenhouse gas production
    3. water use
    4. hazardous substances to the air
    5. ozone generators
    6. ozone depletors

It is ADS’s intention to constantly improve where practicable our environmental performance with regards to the above points.

Where possible we will promote water based paint substitutes to comply with VOC (volatile organic compound) reductions, although we ultimately rely on our clients and their specifiers.

We will promote the use of products produced with respect to the environment by companies who acknowledge the impact of their processes.

Our company vehicles

We are currently reviewing the possible reduction of CO2 emissions and miles per gallon consumption by careful selection of our future vehicle fleet.

This review is considering:

  • our fleet’s carbon footprint
  • fuel economy
  • driver education
  • reducing mileage
  • health & safety and duty of care issues

Our suppliers’ vehicles & deliveries

We are constantly monitoring and reviewing our supplier’s deliveries my mapping vehicle movement details with a view to ordering┬ámaterials and plant in a more efficient manner, in respect of the environmental impact.

This will of course entail the selection of suppliers who themselves adopt efficient environmental policies but also takes into account the geography of sites with respect to suppliers and ultimately purchasing in a manner that will reduce the number and frequency of deliveries.

Waste Management

Reduce

We shall continue to seek ways of reducing the amount of paint purchased by simply checking the coverage rates detailed on the manufacturer’s product data sheets.
Re-use

Ensure that once opened, paints must be stored correctly. Replacing the lid firmly then inverting them for a couple of seconds, thereby creating a seal which prevents skinning. Store in an area which does not have extremes of temperatures and is protected from frost.
Recycle

Whilst specification of paint and other materials is largely out of our control and is dictated by the client or architect, we will endeavour to use products produced by companies with reputable sustainability policies.

Dulux ICI and Akzo Nobel, who supply the majority of our paint materials are themselves seeking to improve the amount of packaging materials that is sources from post-factory and post-consumer waste.

Final Disposal

Whenever disposing of waste coatings (paint and woodcare) and container, we deal only with reputable waste contractors, to ensure that the regulations are complied with.

Where we are employed as a subcontractor, it is generally the responsibility of the main contractor (or developer_ to source the waste contractor for disposal of our waste. Such a wasted contractor will need to be given the relevant waste regulation code by us. According to the latest waste regulation (as given by the Environment Agency’s guidance document WM2) the general advice is as follow:

  • Advised method of disposal for paint and woodcare.
  • Use as much of the product form the container as possible, scraping our the last dregs with the brush leave the lid off to allow the residue to dry fully.
  • Allocate the waste regulation code for the item of waste according to the ICI Pints ‘decision tree’ and dispose of appropriately via the waste contractor most paints will be classified as non-hazardous and can therefore be disposed of generally in trade wasted skips but solvent based decorative products that remain fluid will be classified as hazardous. these will either be donated to Havering College or returned to our yard for later use or disposal via our own waste contractor, Safetykleen Limited.

Brush Care

  • We use Brush Mate Wet Paintbrush Storage Systems for wet gloss and varnish brushes.
  • These are either 4 or 20 brush steel containers with nylon base and lids which let the unique vapour system keep the brushes soft and pliable ready for re-use hours, days or even months later.

Waterborne decorative coatings

  • Waterborne products will generally be washed out on site at the appropriate location.
  • Only where dictated by the local authority or client (main contractor/developer) will it be necessary to undertake more stringent processes for the washing out of waterborne products.
  • In this situation we will use the Dulux Trade Environmental Wash System whebey the resultant solid residue can be bagged and disposed of as an inert waste into skips or normal bins (this system is only to be used where prior financial agreement has been made with the client or main contractor or developer.