Nothing wasted at Rixonway Kitchens

DEWSBURYbased manufacturer Rixonway Kitchens now recycles 100 per cent of its waste.
Serious about reducing its environmental impact Rixonway, which makes kitchens for social housing, has signed a waste management contract with Leeds Paper Recycling, allowing it to confidently claim that no waste from the plant goes to landfill.
Wood waste is recycled into biomass with larger pieces being sent to be reworked back into chipboard.
Rixonway, which employs 400 people on the Shaw Cross Business Park, has become the largest organisation in the UK to install a specialist dust control system ‘Ecogate’ which dramatically reduces its carbon footprint.
The Ecogate System has been developed to support large woodworking manufacturers like Rixonway.
Traditional dust extraction systems run constantly across the whole plant even if a machine is not in use.
The intelligent Ecogate System monitors when a machine is not in use shutting down that particular extraction unit, saving the electricity needed to run the unit and heat the factory as less hot air is removed.
Operations director Nick Greenall said the new system was expected to save around 23 per cent of the plant’s electricity usage.
He added: “We expect to see a return on the Ecogate System investment within two years and a substantial annual saving thereafter.î
Formed in 1978, Rixonway is the only UK kitchen manufacturer working solely in affordable and social housing.
It manufactures 12,000 units per week.

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