Swarm Water Management, Recycling & the Environment
Swarm Aqua® is manufactured from a variety of components, which when combined provide a product that is recycled, recyclable, sustainable with a long life expectancy.
With the quality of our suppliers and the components that we use, we always make sure that the environmental impact of our products and processes remains as minimal as possible.
Our suppliers are accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHAS 18001, BBA, HAPAS Roads & Bridges which is a testament to their respective dedication to quality and the environment.
The top casting of Swarm Aqua® channels is manufactured from ductile iron. This iron part once installed should never need to be removed and has a design life of well over 100 years, although it is a 100% recyclable part.
The raw material that goes into manufacturing this part is cast from 75-99% recycled iron from a wide range of sources that could otherwise be sent to landfill.
The foundry where Swarm Aqua® tops are cast like to take things one step further however, they shred and reuse waste paper on-site to be used in packaging, and have installed energy and water saving measures throughout their site.
Steel walls form the sides of the Swarm Aqua® channels. Steel is a 100% recyclable material and generally contains around 25% of recycled materials.
The use of scrap steel saves up to 74% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials.
Recycling one tonne of steel cans saves:
1.5 tonnes of iron ore
0.5 tonnes of coke
1.28 tonnes of solid waste
Reduces air emissions by 86%
Reduces water pollution by 76%
The twinwall channel part of Swarm Aqua® is manufactured from 100% recycled HDPE, which itself is also 100% recyclable as it is one of the easiest plastic polymers to recycle. In addition to its green properties, the twinwall pipe also has a design life of over 60 years, which means that not only is it environmentally conscious, it also doesn't require remedial, repair or replacement works once installed.
Other uses for HDPE include plastic shopping bags, trays, tanks, food containers, pipe fittings, hinges, cutting boards, wear plates and more.
The worldwide marked for HDPE plastics is around 30 million tons per year.