With ever increasing energy prices, Formula decided in 2015 to install 166 X 500-watt silver solar panels onto the roof areas of 82, 84, 86 & 88 Hermitage Road West Ryde which is capable of producing 52kW of power which is consumed in our manufacturing facility. Since solar energy is produced 7 days per week, any excess power produced outside manufacturing times, is sold back to the Energy supplier grid making out operation extremely efficient.
In conjunction with the installation of the solar panels and to reduce our power consumption even further and widen our green foot print, Formula replaced our CCFL lights with LED lighting throughout all factories and outside yards. The asbestos roof in 88 Hermitage Road was also replaced and the new roof containing clear roofing panels was installed eliminating artificial lighting in this warehouse during normal daylight operation.
A recent requirement of some of Formulas large customers is the use of contaminate free water in their formulations i.e. glass and chrome cleaners. Other types of products requiring this type of water include water treatment, food and pharmaceutical. Rather than purchase this water at a premium price, Formula installed our very own reverse osmosis plant which process 15,000L of water per day and filters the town water down to 6 microns.
Wherever possible Formula endeavours to recycle our waste. Waste derived from chemical bags which are contaminated is the largest issue. These bags have to be disposed directly to landfill. At present this represents 38.5% of our total dry waste generated from the plant. All drums and non-returnable Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s) are recycled into the Formula fleet.
Formula continues to reduce our Trade Waste effluent to Sydney Water infrastructure. Continuous monitoring and treating the discharges have reduced our cost substantially in this area. “Charges are at an all-time low due to the diligence of staff and management in monitoring and treating the effluent before discharge. We know what Sydney Water expects so we are fully compliant with their expectations and in turn reducers our trade waste account” Leigh Smart, Director Formula Chemicals.
Hybyrd hino truck
in 2011 Formula Chemicals purchased the first hybyrd hino truck to further our commitment to a cleaner environment. Although the truck itself has restrictions (power and weight) once the technology is refined for the trucking industry we believe the technology would work in small to medium trucking applications. Formula Chemicals continues to deliver goods in the truck to our Sydney metro customer base.