Article date: 11 September 2008
Auto Windscreens marked its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint in a tree planting ceremony at its head office recently.
As part of its "green" commitment Auto Windscreens will now be recycling all waste generated at its head office which is based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Desk bins in head office have been replaced with centrally located recycling bins for paper and card, plastics and glass and general waste. Employees are even being encouraged to bring in their waste from home for recycling.
The tree was planted by managing director Abu-Haris Shafi and two colleagues from the company's contact centre, Jason Saville and Janice Hurt; winners of a competition to suggest ways in which Auto Windscreens can reduce and offset its carbon footprint.
Abu commented: "The tree planting ceremony was a significant step in our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of Auto Windscreens. We take our corporate and social responsibility seriously and I hope that this tree will be a reminder to all our colleagues both in Chesterfield and throughout the UK that we have a duty of care to our environment and the preservation of our planet for the generations to come."
The company has already received commendations from the local Environment Agency for its commitment to being green. In the last 12 months Auto Windscreens' factory, which manufactures 250,000 windscreens each year, has been recognised as having world class recycling systems since reducing all its waste by 30% and having a 100% recycle rate. Additionally, the company has long recycled nearly 100% of all windscreens it replaces.
Auto Windscreens, based on Storforth Lane in Chesterfield, employs nearly 400 people at its Chesterfield head office and factory and nearly 2,000 UK-wide through its network of 120 fitting centres and more than 800 mobile service units.
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About Auto Windscreens
Established in 1971, Auto Windscreens is part of RAC and provides a complete automotive glazing repair and replacement service (windscreens, rear windows and side windows) to private motorists, fleets and the insurance industry.
Auto Windscreens is the only replacement windscreen specialist with its own UK manufacturing operation, producing 250,000 windscreens a year in a dedicated factory in Chesterfield.
With a national network of 121 fitting centres, backed by a fleet of more than 800 fully equipped mobile fitting units, Auto Windscreens provides a true 24/7 national service for private and corporate customers every year.
Auto Windscreens is the only automotive glazing repair and replacement company to have the innovative wet weather canopy. Designed in-house, the canopy ensures more mobile jobs can be completed during wet weather.