Nidagravel® UK is committed to leading the UK gravel stabilisation industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.Minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power requirement.Actively promote recycling within the Company.Encourage the adoption of similar recycling principles by its suppliers and customers.Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.Comply with all relevant environmental legislation that relates to the Company.Raise awareness of environmental issues and enlist the support of staff in improving the Company's performance.
The key points of its strategy to achieve this are:
The Environment & The Nidagravel® Production Process
The main material used for manufacturing Nidagravel® 129, 130 and 140 honeycomb gravel stabilisation sheets is polypropylene (PP). This plastic material contains a percentage of recycled polypropylene and is itself and entirely recyclable material.The range of Nidagravel products manufactured by Nidaplast are very strong with high compressive strengths, but also very light in weight. This reduces and limits the amount of energy used during both manufacture and transportation.Nidagravel® 130 & 140 gravel stabilisers use 30% recycled polypropolene in their production.100% of water used in the manufacturing process of Nidagravel® sheets is filtered, recycled and reused in production.Nidagravel 129, 130, 140 and XHD are resistant to UV and chemical attack. This durability gives the product range an extremely long service life and reduces the carbon footprint of the products over their lifespan
Environmentally Friendly Nidagravel® Applications:
Suitable for all applications of Nidagravel® landscaping products where water plays a central role. Permeable hard surfacing, rainwater buffering, rainwater infiltration, delayed drainage of rainwater.The ecological aspect is also carefully considered with every application. A geomembrane is attached to underside of Nidagravel® 129, 130 and 140 and acts as a root-inhibitor and greatly reduces the growth of weeds.Nidagravel products contribute to a sustainable water policy. This is because Nidagravel® products reduce the quantity of hard surfaces required and therefore enables the base to absorb rainwater more evenly. This leads to a more balanced groundwater level and thus has a positive impact on water quality.Flooding has increased in recent years due, in part, to a lack of permeable hard surfacing. Nidagravel can be used to help alleviate this in conjunction with other anti-flooding measures as it allows the rain to infiltrate the ground slowly via its honeycomb cell system.Slowing the percolation of rainwater and run-off through the use of stabilised gravel surfaces can reduce the quantity of rainwater discharged into the sewer system. This reduces the possibility of combined sewers overflowing into water courses during periods of heavy or prolonged wet weather and therefore is a measure that can help improve overall water quality.An increase in hard-surfaced areas means that sewer systems have to process increasingly larger peak quantities of waste water due to the rapid drainage of rainwater. As a result, the sewers are subjected to a heavy hydraulic load which could lead to flooding.These large amounts of water flowing through the sewers when it rains activate the overflows, as a result of which the excess water overflows from the sewers into the watercourse = sewer overflows. Hence diluted, polluted water finds its way into the environment. In addition, the substantial dilution of the dirty water with the rainwater is not good for the sewage water purification plant. It is easier for water purification plants to purify smaller amounts of seriously polluted water than the same amount of polluted water diluted with rainwater.This hydraulic overloading of the sewer system can be rectified by giving the unpolluted rainwater the chance to infiltrate the ground or evaporate and thus regulate the groundwater level in a natural way. Because of the 100% permeability of the nidagravel system the base is given sufficient time to absorb the rainwater. The amount of hard-surfaced ground is restricted and sewer overflows are avoided as much as possible.Nidagravel® provides a sustainable alternative with all the advantages of a solid base and is good for the environment without losing sight of the aesthetic aspect.