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Powerscreen provide earth-friendly solutions to JPE Holdings

With today’s environmental focus on ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ and ongoing concern over energy consumption, Powerscreen’s Aggwash system has been designed to play a role in many potential applications.

Every site is unique and has its own challenges for setting up and running a crushing, screening or washing plant. For example, when applying to reopen Elford Quarry, near Birmingham, JPE Holdings faced a challenge. The company wanted to continue extracting 350,000 tonnes of sand and gravel reserves as well as dispose of construction and demolition waste. To do this required working with local environment agencies to ensure an ecologically sound plan for the site. Extensive environment and noise pollution regulations meant that JPE Holdings needed the right solution for the problems unique to the site.

During the years the quarry had lain dormant, a hole in the ground originally intended for landfill material had developed naturally into a fresh water lake where local fishermen had started to stock fish, while wildlife such as geese and pheasant were naturally attracted to it. As part of JPE’s planning application to reopen the quarry, the decision was made that the lake and surrounding areas in the quarry should be retained and developed, in as much as the local council agreed that they were of ‘ecological and amenity interest.’

JPE’s restoration scheme sought to re-create many elements and habitats within this location including open, species-rich floodplain grassland within areas of open water, a plan welcomed by Natural England. JPE now have planning permission to build luxury wooden log cabins near the Elford site.

The Aggwash system was transported to Elford Quarry in May 2010 and JPE are now paid to receive waste, process it, and then sell the washed aggregate they produce. The recycled aggregate is used for laneways, low-grade concrete or asphalt, drainage and pipe bedding.

Dave Rogers, process manager for JPE Earth & Aggregates Solutions, is so satisfied with the performance of the machine, that he already has plans to move it to a second landfill site in two years where it will be used to process material for sale, which would otherwise be sent to a landfill.

Following its launch at the Hillhead show in June of this year, Powerscreen have seen considerable interest and demand for Aggwash, not only in the UK but in other parts of Europe and in North America.


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