Road surfacing firm wins Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2018

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Lincoln-based Minster Surfacing has been named overall winner and best business in the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards in recognition of its work to reduce waste through recycling.

Minster Surfacing won the Anglian Water Best Business Award and the Overall Award at the Lincolnshire Environment Awards event which was held at Lincoln’s Bentley Hotel last on Tuesday 22 May.

Minster Surfacing is one of the first companies in the UK to be using technology which enables it to recycle material that’s removed from old roads to be used again for new surfaces.

People tend to think of road surfacing as a dirty, pollutive industry but we’re proving that it’s possible to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of our work and improve our service as a result. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve so far.
Bruce Spencer-Knott
Managing Director of Minster Surfacing

Up to 85% of roads across the country contain coal tar, which is deemed hazardous and can cost up to £100 per tonne to send to landfill. Minster Surfacing is able to convert removed material into Foambase and binder course products, creating a safe and durable product which can be used again.

Minster Surfacing

Minster Surfacing

Foambase is a foamed bitumen product developed by OCL Regeneration. The production of Foambase produces 32% less CO2 than traditional hot asphalt and can it be laid using the same tools and techniques.

While Minster Surfacing is currently able to recycle around 50% of the material it removes from roads, plans are in place for it to increase its recycling capability with the addition of a mobile Foambase recycling plant at its headquarters. This will significantly reduce the distance that material has to travel to be used on-site and it will enable the company to recycle even more.

I’d like to thank our partners, Kier Group and Lincolnshire County Council for having faith in our service and making road repair and resurfacing a priority. With 5,500 miles of roads across a very rural county, keeping the roads up to standard is far from easy, but we’re all working hard to improve Lincolnshire’s roads.
Bruce Spencer-Knott
Managing Director of Minster Surfacing

The runners-up in the Anglian Business Award were the British Hardwood Tree Nursery and Lincolnshire Eco Arborists. For more information on the Awards, our 2018 winners and how to enter next year's competition, see our dedicated Lincolnshire Environmental Awards page.