Variation Permit Granted

We are pleased to announce that the site Variation Permit, for which we started the application process back in 2018, has now been granted by the Environment Agency. This gives us a vital platform for streamlining and consolidating our existing services and processes at Cottenham, while enabling us to confidently plan for future service and process options.

With the growing restrictions on the exporting of waste, in time this will enable us to recover or re-use more waste material here in the UK. This in turn will support our customers in meeting their environmental objectives, containing costs, and minimising the carbon footprint caused by waste transport.

The nature, demands and controls of waste management continue to evolve and with this important new permit in place we have the ability to respond effectively into the future.

Shredding Facilities Upgraded

Following orders placed back in 2019, we have now received and installed two new advanced shredding machines to increase the speed and volumes of container processing. Where used metal drums, IBCs and plastic containers cannot be washed and re-used, the shredding process allows the materials to be used again in the manufacture of new items. This includes plastics and metals, the latter of which are sent off site for re-smelting. The cleaned granulated plastics become feedstock for further plastics production.

The larger of our new shredders (UNTHA RS100) currently deals with both metal and plastic containers of all sizes, while the smaller unit (UNTHA RS60) will be dedicated to our oil filter recycling service, retaining the shredded metal canisters as well as the oil content and paper filter elements for further processing.

With the international focus firmly on the waste plastic and metal containers that are already major land and sea pollutants, we are pleased to reassure our customers that they are contributing to the minimisation of this pollution, while embracing recycling.  Our new equipment also means we can deliver the most cost-effective recycling service available.

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