Chubb Fire Wins Award for its commitment to the environment

April 17, 2007


Chubb Fire has won a Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Award. The BCE Awards, established in 1975, are said to be the world’s oldest environmental awards with over 30 years experience of showcasing environmental excellence. The Awards are open to companies of any size and sector and are aimed at businesses that can demonstrate commitment to the environment, over and above statutory requirements.

Chubb Fire will receive an award within the BCE Awards’ Process Category for its work in recycling extinguishers at its dedicated Extinguisher Recycling Unit (ERU) in Birmingham. The Chubb Fire ERU is believed to be the largest in Europe and the only facility of its kind in the UK. Currently over 95% by weight of all extinguishers returned to Chubb Fire are recycled. In the last 12 months Chubb Fire has processed more than 640,000 litres of liquid and responsibly disposed of over 1000 tons of fire fighting powder that used to go to landfill. Chubb Fire now processes over 12,000 extinguishers every week.

The materials that are reprocessed or made available for recycling include: steel and aluminium extinguisher bodies; brass valves; plastics (both components and packaging); contents of powder extinguishers; extinguisher hoses; and cardboard.

“The BCE Awards are acknowledged by both business and government,” says Suzanne Donovan, Chubb Fire’s Marketing and Communications Director. “They are the only nationwide UK awards open to all sectors and technologies acting as a feeder to the biennial European Environmental Awards. We are delighted to have been recognised and look forward to receiving the Award at the ceremony in June.”

Chubb Fire will receive one of the following awards:

The Peter Parker Award

This is in memory of the late Sir Peter Parker (founder of BCE) and is given to the entry considered by the panel to be the most outstanding in any year.

Premier Award

Up to five Premier Awards are selected by the panel and given to entries that are short listed for the Peter Parker Award.

Major Commendation

A maximum of eight commendations are awarded to those entries the panel feel should be given recognition.

The presentation of awards will be made at a ceremony planned for Monday 4th June 2007 at Lincoln Inn’s Field, Holborn, London. Previous Award Winners include Saint Gobain, InterfaceFLORA and Toyota Motor Cars.