Expansion of operations to deliver more sustainable materials to the construction industry
SUSTAINABLE resource management company Veolia are expanding their operations to help the construction industry increase the supply of material that can be used to replace the virgin aggregates currently used as hardcore for sub-base in the foundations for roads and concrete structures.
Working with industry specialists Meldgaard Recycling and Levenseat, the company has started operations at a new dedicated processing facility at Ling Hall, Warwickshire, which will process incinerator bottom ash (IBA) from the Battlefield Energy Recovery Facility. This will supply around 50,000 tonnes of material per year, helping the construction industry to become more circular and helping to reach Net Zero in line with the Government’s legally binding 2050 deadline.
Veolia’s new facility uses the latest processing systems to prepare the IBA and transform it into the secondary aggregates essential for many construction projects. After careful sampling to check for any hazardous materials, the IBA is processed through a combination of magnetic separation equipment, including overband magnets and eddy current separators, to remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals, with the resulting output then graded for use.
Donald Macphail, Veolia’s chief operating officer, said: ‘As construction significantly contributes to the nation’s carbon emissions, it is essential to deliver materials and solutions to advance sustainability and lower environmental impact. By processing bottom ash from the treatment of non-recyclable waste, our new facility will deliver an important source of secondary aggregates and recover metals that would otherwise be lost. This will lower the dependence on virgin resources, limit environmental impact, and reduce carbon emissions.’