WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has funded £2.3 million of support for recycled aggregates processors in the latest round of its capital support competition
This funding will help the successful projects to increase their recycling processing capacity by an additional 751,000 tonnes a year, diverting a significant amount of construction waste from landfill and supporting the construction industry in its strides towards operating in a more sustainable way.
As 280 million tonnes of aggregates are used annually by the UK construction industry, there is an important need to optimise the industry’s use of resources. WRAP’s capital competition continues to provide financial support to help recyclers develop the infrastructure and facilities that allow them to substantially increase the quantity and quality of their recycled aggregates output.
This latest round of support brings the total funding provided through WRAP’s aggregates programme to £9.3 million, which has enabled the successful applicants to increase their annual processing capacity by 3.6 million tonnes.
Mike Falconer Hall, WRAP’s aggregates capital project manager, explains: “This capital competition supported the development of efficient aggregates processing infrastructure. The projects were selected as they met or exceeded the competition’s specific evaluation criterion and demonstrated that they would increase recovery rates and divert material from landfill.”
“We are already seeing the impact the funding has made to these companies and we now look forward to seeing similar levels of success in future projects.”
Eppleton Quarry Products Ltd received £101,000 from WRAP. The company’s new mobile plant and screen for the extraction of secondary aggregates from slag will increase annual output capacity to 125,000 tonnes and produce a total of 505,000 tonnes of quality recycled aggregates over the five-year term of the contract.
Dave Anderson, land and development manager at Eppleton Quarry Products Ltd, said: “WRAP’s capital support has made a big difference to our aggregate processing capacity and quality. The funding has enabled the purchase of three items of plant (one Daewoo Mega 400V loading shovel and two Finlay 883 Reclaimers), that has allowed a greater range of recycled aggregates to be produced. By increasing the volume of aggregate that we can recycle, we are able to fulfil the increasing demand for aggregates and help divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill.”
Among the other recipients of WRAP’s capital support awards are the following companies:
- Realm Construction Ltd - Awarded £139,000 to expand its existing aggregate washing facility. The acquisition of a Sand Recovery Plant will take the silt residue from the aggregate washing plant and recover the high quality sand which can then be resold. The new plant will have an annual output capacity of 15,000 tonnes of high value and quality recycled aggregates.
- Hamilton – Funding provided additional mobile plant and screening equipment, which will produce 20,620 tonnes of high value single size washed aggregate each year and reduce the amount of material being sent to landfill.
- Peterborough-based GKL Northern Ltd – A new facility will process a large range of used aggregate including Construction, Demolition and Excavation Waste (CDEW); Residual Asphalt; Waste Bricks; and Furnace Bottom Ash (FBA) into high quality recycled aggregates, diverting approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste from landfill over the course of five years.
- NWH Recycling – Provision of a further £204,300 funding to an existing project to provide new crushers and screens that will enable the low quality material currently produced to be re-circulated as high quality, high value aggregates. In five years 239,000 tonnes of high value recycled aggregate will have been produced.
- Commercial Recycling Limited – A new aggregates washing plant, water treatment plant and loading shovel added to the existing construction and demolition recycling facility will produce 272,025 tonnes of high quality added value recycled aggregate over the five year term of the contract. WRAP is supporting the project with £324,646.
- Allglass Reprocessors (UK) Ltd - A grant of £18,344 for the production of sand-replacing fine aggregates generated by the crushing and screening of cullet glass. The grant will be used towards the preparation of the site, the construction of permanent storage bays and the relocation of parts of their existing plant.
- Day Group Limited - Recently started production on a state of the art washing plant with silt press to produce washed and graded aggregate sands for construction and sports turf uses from construction and demolition waste and glass cullet. WRAP is providing £471,060 of the total project cost of £1,570,200.
- M.J.Church (Landfill) Limited - Received £299,250 to provide a crushing, screening and mobile plant to produce clean graded aggregates and fines for construction. Over five years, the project will have produced 750,000 tonnes of high value recycled aggregates.
- Raymond Brown Eco Bio Limited – Opened a state of the art washing plant to produce washed and graded aggregates and sands for construction from already crushed construction and demolition waste. 63,056 tonnes of high value recycled aggregates will be produced annually and WRAP is providing £334,650 towards the project.
- Ringway Infrastructure Services – Ringway reprocesses highways arisings generated from their maintenance contract with Worcestershire County Council into feed material for foam mix, sub-bases and capping material. WRAP is providing £146,643 towards the total cost of £488,811.