Scott Bros. invests £1m in wash plant with sustainability in mind

RECYCLING expert Scott Bros. has invested £1m in a new and environmentally-sustainable ‘urban quarry’.

The Teesside company’s state-of-the-art wash plant takes waste material and converts it into high quality sand and aggregate for use in the building and construction industry.

It is capable of processing between 50 and 70 tonnes of waste per hour to produce both coarse and fi ne sand, together with three grades of aggregate.

The recycled products are not only cost eff ective for customers but reduce the amount of environmental damage

involved in the quarrying and production of primary materials. Currently around 20% of the wash plant’s output – a clay- based substance produced during the fi ltration process – cannot be recycled.

However, Scott Bros. is working in conjunction with academics at Teesside University’s School of Science, Engineering and Design, to fi nd a practical use for the residue. One possible use being explored is that the material could be incorporated into the brick manufacturing process.

The materials processed by the wash plant, situated at the company’s site at Norton Bottoms, next to the A19 fl yover, is largely made up of construction and excavation waste.

Peter Scott, Transport Manager at Scott Bros, said: “We have created what is, in reality, an urban quarry which is producing in-demand products for the construction industry by recycling waste soil excavations.

“Scott Bros. has made a signifi cant investment because we believe this sustainable alternative will form a major part of our future business.”

The research being carried out by the university is part-funded by a government grant and is part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, designed to help businesses innovate through academic support.

BMRA celebrates 100 years in the scrap metal industry

BRITISH Metals Recycling Associations (BMRA) and its members have started 2019 off in celebration as the organisation reaches 100 years of operation within the metal industry.

The National Federation of Scrap Iron and Steel Merchants, a predecessor of one of the bodies that formed the BMRA, was established to address changes after World War I that were to signifi cantly increase the impact of government on business.

Metals Association and the British Metals Federation merged in order to better serve the rapidly changing industry.

To celebrate its centenary, BMRA will be publishing a commemorative book, which will be launched at the AGM in June, to celebrate the rich history of the sector, investigate today’s key issues and share members’ milestone events.

Susie Burrage, President of the BMRA and MD of Recycled Products Limited, said: “I am honoured to be President of the BMRA at such a signifi cant time in the Association’s history.

“We are thrilled to see some of our projects come into fruition such as cementing the future of the industry through the Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship and the expanding Young British Metals Recyclers group.”

The effi cient UK metal recycling industry recovers more end-of-life products than can be consumed domestically. As a result, around 80 per cent of all waste metal is now destined for export – meaning the UK is competing against suppliers from the USA and Japan who are not required to characterise recycled metal as waste.

In the following years, several diff erent trade bodies representing diff erent metal types – ferrous and non-ferrous – and areas in the UK were set up. BMRA itself was formed in 2001 when the British Secondary

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