North West firm partners with wet-processing specialist to deliver one of the UK’s largest recycling plants
KIRKBY-based CCC have announced a major investment in a new waste-recycling plant from wet-processing experts CDE.
Established in 1986, the Merseyside firm provides waste-management solutions to a wide range of industries and is one of the largest suppliers of recycled and quarried aggregates in the North West.
The company’s waste-management division, CCC Waste Recycling, will be operating the brand-new CDE construction and demolition (C&D) waste-recycling plant for its 20-acre recycling depot at Simonswood Industrial Park, Kirkby.
When commissioned, the state-of-the-art plant will be one of the UK’s highest capacity C&D waste-recycling plants and will feature the largest overhead beam filter press in the country.
The plant will process incoming inert C&D waste from CCC’s own business activities, including site excavations, muck-away services for building and construction projects, domestic/commercial skip hire operations and other third-party services, to recover a range of high-grade, in-spec recycled sand and aggregates that can be returned to the local construction industry.
Alongside their recycling operations, CCC also operate aggregates supply and skip hire division. CCC Aggregates boasts some of the region’s largest stockpiles of high-quality recycled aggregate available for immediate supply to the local construction industry.
Through its existing crushing operations, the company has capacity to produce up to 10,000 tonnes of recycled crushed brick, concrete and sand per week.
Statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) shows construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) generated around three-fifths (62%) of total UK waste in 2016. The UK Statistics on Waste report also found that in 2016 the UK achieved a recovery rate of 91% from the 66.2 million tonnes of non-hazardous C&D waste it generated.
CCC director Sean Munro said investment in CDE technology will support the company to achieve its ambitious recycling aims.
‘CCC processes a large variety of waste, from construction and demolition waste to those generated by households, including plastics, card and much more. Recycled aggregate is a large part of our business and an area where we see great potential for further development in pursuit of reaching our ultimate aim to achieve zero waste to landfill.
‘With the support of CDE we’re taking our first steps into wet processing to maximize the quality and quantity of the recycled aggregate we produce. The end result of this partnership will be a valuable asset for the North West, providing us with the technological capability and engineering capacity to play a major role in advancing the circular economy.’
Michael Bibby, business development manager at CDE, added that the two companies share similar values and ethos.
‘Both CCC and CDE are pushing in the same direction,’ he said. ‘We’re advocating for greater use and adoption of recycled aggregates and it’s this shared purpose – to create a more sustainable, circular world – that underpins everything we’re setting out to achieve with this latest recycling project.
‘By diversifying into wet processing, CCC will demonstrate to the market the opportunities there are in wet processing from both an environmental and commercial perspective.’