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Local MP presents green award at Stevenage steel firm

Local MP presents green award at Stevenage steel firm

Local MP presents green award at Abbey Steel

Managing Director Phil Cooper invited local MP Stephen McPartland to visit Abbeysteel's processing facilities in Pin Green and to present an award to one of their customers, Silverline, for passing 10,000 tonnes of CO2 savings in the last two years.


Stephen said, "I am delighted to present this award, and proud of the innovation shown by this local firm in taking what others see as waste material and turning it into a component for products such as metal filing cabinets."

Stevenage firm Abbeysteel produces the world’s first green brand of sustainably sourced steel by reusing prime grade steel that is a waste by-product of other processes, for instance in the automotive industry. Chairman of Silverline, Stanley Ensinger, received the award.

The processing carried out in Stevenage is tailored to the needs of customers so that the mild steel sheets are in a size and shape suitable to use as components for a range of products.  Examples include light and electrical fittings, flooring products, shelving and racking, white goods, as well as storage units such as those made by Silverline.  Every tonne of Abbeysteel™ reused saves 7.5 tonnes of CO2 that is produced with every tonne of conventional sheet steel.

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Environmental Coordinator Julia Cooper says: "Our mission is to help reduce the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations by matching sustainable supply with demand of sustainable metal products."


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Abbeysteel™ in the Green Apple Awards 2011!

Septmeber 2011

Abbeysteel's Green Apple AwardAbbeysteel™ has been awarded a prestigious environmental award - The Green Apple Award.


ABBEY STEEL & SHEARING CO LTD, based in STEVENAGE, have won an International Green Apple Environment Award in recognition of their environmental project – REUSE OF AUTOMOTIVE BY-PRODUCT.

Phil Cooper, MD, and Julia Cooper, Quality Manager, from Abbeysteel at the Green Awards.The trophy was presented by The Green Organisation at the 18th annual international awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Monday (November 14). The ceremony was hosted by The Rt Hon Liz Kendall, MP, and the presentations were made by Chris Hopkins of Ploughcroft Solar; who has revolutionised the domestic solar power industry and gained recognition on Dragons’ Den this year.

The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance environment and there were more than 500 nominations this year.

The Green Organisation

"The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by the Green Organisation and have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world."


Abbeysteel and the Green Apple Awards 2011

The Green Apple Awards campaign is run by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world. Their supporters include the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and various other professional bodies.

“To then go further and become International Green Heroes is an even bolder statement of environmental intent, and organisations that go the extra mile and become International Green Heroes are demonstrating a serious commitment to the world around them."


Phil and Julia Cooper at the House of CommonsThe judges commented, “Abbey’s unique business model is obtaining steel off-cuts from the automotive industry. They reuse these as marketable blanks, saving many tonnes of pollution. They have now re-branded the product to show its credentials and customers now know they are promoting sustainability.”

International organiser Roger Wolens commented:  “To show continued interest in environmental issues during the current financial climate shows great foresight and they deserve the recognition of being Green Apple Award winners. The award-winning project will be featured in the next Green Book, the world’s only work of reference on environmental best practice.



Abbeysteel™ wins FSB Hertfordshire Environmental Responsibility Award

May 2011

Abbeysteel wins FSB Hertfordshire Environmental Responsibility Award

Abbey Steel wins the 'Environmental Responsibility' Award Category at the FSB Hertfordshire Small Business Awards.


Environmental Responsibility

Winner - Abbey Steel & Shearing Ltd

Runner-up  - Green Energy (UK) plc

Abbeysteel FSB Hertfordshire Small Business Awards Winner - 2010

Abbeysteel™ Features in i10 Innovation East

February 2009

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Abbeysteel™ Feature in The Telegraph!

December 2008

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Focus on: Recycling

Putting old materials to use

4:07PM GMT 05 Dec 2008

The recycling industry had a slow start in the UK but, spurred by rising commodity prices and legislative changes encouraging councils to recycle waste, it is rapidly catching up its peers in northern Europe.

Abbey Steel & Shearing Company, based in Stevenage, is one example. Founded in 1981, it sources surplus steel from the car industry, reusing it to supply the automotive, lighting, office furniture, horticulture, catering, homeware and shopfitting industries.

Managing director Phil Cooper says: “Our turnover has grown from £1m to £4m over the last few years and we save 5.5 tons of carbon dioxide for every ton we reuse.”

In plastics recycling, AWS Eco Plastics found there were more barriers to overcome but turnover is now projected to increase to £15m this year and £40m in 2009.

Formed in 2001 by Jonathan Short, it found that sales of plastic baling machines were slow so switched to installing them for a low rental or free of charge, selling on the recycled material.

Chairman Tony Knox says much of the plastic was not suitable for the UK because it was too contaminated, so AWS began exporting to the Far East, and became a large trader of plastic bottles. In 2005 it raised £800,000 to build a plastic bottle sorting plant in Hemswell near Lincoln.

By the end of 2007 it had turnover of £6m, and has raised a further £8m in the past year to develop the plant, which recycles more than two billion plastic bottles and containers a year. Mr Knox says:

“The recycling of plastic is still very much a cottage industry, and all its players, while growing fast, are still relatively small, But we have high hopes that AWS will be ready for an initial public offering either in 2010 or 2011.”

Focus On Recycling in Telegraph Article!


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