Polypipe Building Services collaboration with Wolseley Pipe Centre secures H&V Award

Thursday 7th December 2023

A successful recycling trial by drainage and supply systems manufacturer Polypipe Building Services with Wolseley Pipe Centre UK, the UK’s largest specialist trade distributor, has won the Collaboration of the Year category at the H&V Awards 2023.


The trial was praised by the expert judging panel who are drawn from across the HVAC sector, at the awards ceremony which was held at the Hilton London Metropole and was attended by the most innovative, and customer-focused businesses within the industry.


Originally the trial ran in three Wolseley Pipe Centre branches. Polypipe Building Services drivers delivered empty collapsible pallets to each branch as they made deliveries. Wolseley Pipe Centre customers could then dispose of their PVC piping offcuts, obsolete products, plastic packaging, and bulk bags. Once the pallets were full, they were picked up by Polypipe Building Services drivers on their next delivery to the branch. 


The trial has proved so successful it has diverted more than 2,700 kilos of waste from landfill. Crucially, the recovered plastic is then reprocessed and pelletised by Polypipe Building Services and reused to make new plastic drainage products. The scheme is now being rolled out across 11 Wolseley UK branches across the UK.


Andy Cullum, Managing Director at Polypipe Building Services, said: “The H&V Awards are prestigious awards within the HVAC sector with a rigorous judging process. We’re incredibly proud to have secured the Collaboration of the Year Award category for our partnership with Wolseley Pipe Centre UK.


“The calibre of innovation to deliver lower carbon solutions by forward-thinking British companies was wonderful to see, and it is that drive and passion to minimise the impact on our environment which will successfully ensure the construction sector push towards Net Zero.”


Cardboard and wooden pallets are already recycled at Polypipe Building Services headquarters in Aylesford as part of the Genuit group commitment to use more than 60% of recycled materials in their products.


The H&V News Awards were presented in 24 categories with all the shortlisted entries undergoing a face-to-face judging process.


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