Construction Materials Recycling Facility for UK

Work is due to start in May on the development of a new £1.9 million construction, demolition and excavation waste recycling facility in Rotherham, UK, thanks to a £560,000 grant from WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme).

The facility, being built by T K Lynskey Excavation Ltd (TKL) is the first to receive a grant awarded from the Aggregates Sustainability Levy Fund.

At present, construction and demolition waste from TKL is sent to landfill. The opening of the new recycling centre, which is being manufactured by Dutch company Redox, will completely process the waste coming in and reprocess it into recoverable material. 'We hope to be able to recycle 85?95% of construction and demolition waste,' said Martin Lynskey, Managing Director of TKL.

Much of the feedstock for the new facility, which is being built on a four acre site at Wath-Upon-Dearne will come from TKL’s own demolition and remediation business. But the facility will also be open to other waste producers, such as utility companies, major house building companies and local authorities.

Although the site will be completed in September, it will not be in full production until late 2005. ‘TKL’s recycling centre will make a real contribution to increased use of recycled aggregates and reducing the UK’s demand for primary aggregates,’ says Liz Goodwin, Director of Materials Programme at WRAP.

Funding for the new facility was one of 18 capital projects, including several other aggregates initiatives, together with those for wood recycling, given the go-ahead by the European Commission in March. ‘The European Commission has opened the door to a series of important projects designed to boost the UK’s recycling performance,’ said Jennie Price, Chief Executive of WRAP However, there are other parts of the programme that are subject to further investigations with decisions not expected for at least six months.

More information on all of WRAP’s programmes can be found at www.wrap.org.uk.

In a further move to promote sustainable waste management, WRAP will fund a comprehensive research project into options for PVC recycling in the UK. The research, to be carried out by an industry consortium led by Bradford University, will examine how, and whether end-of-life PVC should be recycled. It will also investigate potential high value markets for recycled PVC materials. The work is due to be completed by March 2004.

Source: Materials World, April 2003, Published by "The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining".

Posted April 2003

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