The UK has some of the toughest planning regulations in the world, including with the green belt being near sacrosanct. Naturally, this results in a significant emphasis on urban and brownfield development. In addition, social changes including a return to city living have tightened-up sites.
Materials producers can face similar problems, too. Short-term sites may not be able to justify the extensive infrastructure required for a full-scale plant, while sites with smaller land areas or tight access present obvious problems.
All of this adds up to a question for anyone with a need for a wash plant. The answer is to go modular. The aggregates washing industry has gone through many changes in the last 40 years, from large complete installations to modular solutions allowing businesses to scale and grow.
The right tool for the job
All construction work requires clean and high-quality aggregates, along with demands for the use of effective water recycling processes, but a modular wash plant brings a further advantage: cost-efficiency.
The flexible infrastructure helps ensure that agility is put at the centre of any site without compromising on quality or standards. By rewriting the rules for aggregates, washing and water treatment plants, everyone in the construction process, from the client to the contractor, can enjoy unheard of efficiencies.
Having appropriate plant vastly reduces downtime, and therefore total cost of ownership, by keeping it in regular use, while using a modular plant means that the right tool can be brought to the right job, allowing wet classification, water and sludge treatment, screening and scrubbing and attrition, regardless of site size, topography or other characteristics.
A harsh fact to consider: landfill capacity is diminishing, with only 6.8 years left of non-hazardous landfill capacity. What to do with your construction and demolition waste to reduce cost, improve your carbon footprint and control your supply chain?
Defra statistics indicate the scale of the waste produced by construction and demolition in the UK: some 62% of UK waste produced in 2016 was from the sector.
On the other hand, it is not as though the sector simply buries its problems. Government figures published in 2021 indicate that 2018 saw a recovery rate of 93% for non-hazardous material; 67.8 million tonnes of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste were produced, of which 62.6 million tonnes was recovered. The Construction Leadership Council wants this to rise, publishing a 2020 proposal for zero avoidable waste.
At the heart of the issue is a lack of space: capacity is diminishing, with only 6.8 years left of non-hazardous landfill capacity. Recycling is the obvious answer, and something that is necessary in order to meet today’s stringent demands for sustainability.
There is more, though. Construction waste needs to be processed and sorted, and waste types must be correctly coded to ensure it goes to the right place – not to mention a legal duty of care. In fact, it is only a slight exaggeration to call the lack of landfill a ticking time bomb, and, in reality, construction waste has not been simply sent to landfill for some years.
Properly processing waste material has immediate cost benefits, too. For a start, there is an obvious reduction in payment of landfill tax for waste materials.
Improved project control will also reduce risk with no unwanted surprises due to unexpected landfill closure and fluctuations of landfill rate, but it will also contribute to a more mindful use of resources that itself reduces costs.
In addition, the environmental benefits go beyond not clogging-up landfill. Apart from less waste simply going to landfill the lower use of natural resources means lower CO2 emissions, whether from the production, transportation or use of materials or their recycling or disposing of the waste materials. Finally, less waste being transported means a lower risk of pollution incidents.
Tyrone International understands the regulatory landscape and we create our plant with the future in mind, in particular the circular economy. Rather than dealing with the headache of landfill, which will only become more difficult in the future, we can help you reduce your environmental footprint and instead make a positive impact through sustainability.