Gough Plastics - ecoBiz case study
Find out how ecoBiz Star Partner Gough Plastics (a manufacturer in Townsville) reduced their energy use and waste.
The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.
Gough Plastics is a family-owned company based in Townsville, North Queensland. The company researches, designs and manufactures products from conception through to point of sale.
Gough Plastics aims to find the right balance between family and work and caring for the environment. They put in a lot of effort to run their operations efficiently. Since joining the ecoBiz program in 2018, they have reduced their energy intensity by 22% and their waste intensity by 37%.
“ecoBiz is a simple process to follow and keeps the mindset of constant and never ending improvement for our energy systems. Keeping our star rating is reward for effort. It means we are trying and succeeding by slowly but surely chipping away at the energy requirements of the business.”Simon Gough , Director - ProductioN
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE ENERGY USE
- They source renewable energy from a 30kW solar panel.
- They have identified their most energy-intensive operations and increased efficiency of their process by:
- Improving air circulation and heating efficiency using internal fans;
- Upgrading motors and compressors;
- Improving the external fan system used for cooling plastics at the end of the process.
- They use energy-efficient LEDs in their workshop.
- They have started to replace gas-powered machines with electric forklifts they charge over the weekend using solar energy.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WASTE
Gough Plastics have managed not to increase the amount of waste they send to landfill despite a significant increase in productivity. They have achieved this impressive result by implementing measures to reuse and recycle cardboard and plastics.
- All soft plastics and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) waste are reused where possible. The rest is sent for recycling. They use a plastic baler machine to reduce waste volume and save money, space and labour.
- Plastic waste, including offcuts and spilled plastic powder, is reused and re-incorporated into manufacturing processes.
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