News In Brief – 31/07/20

Chase Plastics purchases new Lindner Micromat 1500 series 3

Suffolk-based plastics recycler Chase Plastics has replaced its Lindner Micromat 1500 series 1 industrial shredder with the machine’s third production series, after 98,000 operational hours.

MachTech Lindner 1500 3 series
The Lindner Micromat 1500 series 3
The machine, produced by Mac-Tech Services, was selected for its suitability to the company’s needs, with the ability to operate for around 4,000 hours per year and shred clean transit film packaging to under 80 milimetres (mm) at a rate of around 1,500 kilogrammes (kg) per hour.

Established in the 1960s, Chase Plastics manufactures recycled plastic pellets, this year achieving EUCertPlast accreditation for its high standards of material traceability, quality and process control. Working as a strategic supply partner to flexible and rigid packaging manufacturers, construction film and rigid products producers and major refuse sack manufacturers, the company’s aim is to provide standards of service and consistency comparable to that of major virgin polymer producers.

Managing Director David Harris and Operations Manager Paul Tuffs said that Chase Plastics has “always been extremely impressed with the quality of Lindner’s manufacturing, the ease of  accessibility into the shredders cutting profile for service and maintenance was also a factor”.

Commenting on the Lindner Micromat 1500 series 3, Chase Plastics said: "No gadgets or gizmos, every component of the shredder gets used”.

The company also stated how happy they were with Mach-Tech Services and complimented the whole process from sales to installation, saying “both were equally tidy and professional”.

MachTech Services also repairs, restores and reconditions industrial shredders. To read more about its products and services, you can visit the company’s website.

Storm Board develops recycling technology to transform waste plastic into plywood alternative

Somerset-based company Storm Board has developed a new waste plastic recycling technology, allowing it to transform almost any waste plastic into a durable, recyclable plywood alternative.

Nick Stillwell
Owner of Storm Board, Nick Stillwell
Alongside work with major supermarket chains including Sainsbury’s, ASDA and M&S, Storm Board’s product has been used to build stages at Glastonbury Festival and the Chelsea Flower Show, store displays for retailer Harvey Nichols, and the catwalk in Milan.

The UK imports huge quantities of plywood from Europe and China, a process with well documented environmental impacts including the deforestation of tropical areas in Asia and South America, harmful emissions and pollutants in the manufacturing process, and a large carbon footprint through delivery journeys to the UK from all over the world.

Storm Board’s owner Nick Stillwell said: “It’s no big secret that the majority of plastic waste still goes into landfill or is incinerated. It’s a huge problem for all sorts of companies, especially supermarkets and other big retailers. At Storm Board we’re showing that this plastic can be recycled into quality, visually-appealing products that can be used for a wide range of purposes.

“Rather than send plastic off to landfill and then spend out more on plywood for shelving, hoarding or installations, let Storm Board recycle it for you into something useful.

“There is a lot of talk about sustainability and circular economies and Storm Board is a great example of what can be achieved. We have developed a solution that will go some way towards tackling the issue of plastic waste, reducing imports of cheap single-use plywood and creating durable, reusable products for a range of industries.”                                                                                                    

Every year the UK generates five million tonnes of plastic waste, with only around a third of this, 1.6 million tonnes, being recycled in the UK. The rest is either placed in landfill, incinerated or exported.

To date Storm Board has recycled 600 tonnes of plastic destined for landfill or incineration per year at its factory, with the capacity to double this.

To read more about Storm Board’s plywood alternative, you can visit its website.

J&B Recycling invests £1.25 million on additional and replacement vehicle upgrades

North East-based recycling and waste management company J&B Recycling has invested a total of £1.25 million on a new fleet of vehicles over the last 18 months.

J&B LorryLast year, J&B took delivery of two replacement 32-tonne hook loaders and an artic unit with a walking floor trailer to service its contract with North Tyneside Council. It has replaced 13 of its varied fleet of vehicles as well as adding a further three vehicles over the past two years.

In June this year, it added two artic units with walking floor trailers to increase the in-house ability for delivering sorted materials and collecting bulk kerbside loads from locations in Newcastle, Hull and Scunthorpe.  

The upgrades have allowed the company to increase efficiency in its waste management services in terms of processing, and ensure more control over the delivery and collection of materials.

J&B Recycling has also recently invested in a new £75,000 Liebherr loading shovel to ensure the operation of Sunderland Council’s kerbside waste runs smoothly.

Matthew Tyrie, Operations Director at J&B Recycling, said: “New additions to our fleet of vehicles brings the total to 21 vehicles and five trailers. 

“The fleet now holds seven refuse vehicles, six hook loaders, five artic units and walking floor trailers, two skip loaders and a 12 tonne curtain-sider.”   
Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director at J&B Recycling, added: “Investing in new vehicles ensures we can offer a superior recycling solution to contracts and allows for much more flexibility and increased services. 

“We currently operate from four highly developed sites within the North East and need to guarantee our vehicles reflect our high standard of service.” 

To read more about J&B Recycling, you can visit its website.

Successful trial of recycled plastic road kerbs in Doncaster

Doncaster Council has introduced the use of recycled plastic units as alternatives to traditional concrete road kerbs and drains in highway maintenance, working with green construction company Durakerb.

Made from recycled plastic waste, the eco-friendly construction products have benefitted the safety of the workforce, and are able to be installed in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Initial trial installation of new kerbing took place in February at sites including the North Bridge and Marsh Gate junction in Doncaster – an area with typically high levels of HGV use and ‘override’ – after previous concrete units and restoration attempts had failed.

Following a full assessment over time, the success of Durakerb’s products in the trial saw the decision to expand their use. The resulting report recommended that the council ‘extends the use of the plastic kerbs to other suitable projects across the borough with a view to them becoming the norm rather than the exception’. The council is also now using Duradrains for road water management.

Concerns over health and safety in the construction industry have increased in recent years as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consistently raising awareness of the dangers posed to workers. Recent data released by the HSE revealed that in the last financial year, the number of deaths in the construction industry has increased by a third, making it higher than any other sector.

Durakerb minimises hazards in construction work as, being made from plastic, it is lightweight and can be cut with a hand saw allowing one-operative installation within the HSE guidelines and has a very low risk of silica exposure.

Phil Sutton, Managing Director at Econpro, the parent company of Durakerb, commented: “The trial in Doncaster is an excellent case study for Durakerb as it highlights the many benefits of the product, beyond its environmental advantages.”

“The council’s decision to continue installing the kerbs was primarily based on safety, something which is particularly important with the easing of lockdown and the maintenance of social distancing on site. We’re hoping more councils will realise Durakerb’s potential and adopt a similar approach in the near future.”

For more information about Durakerb’s products, you can visit its website.

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