UK aggregates and waste management services provider CCC has deployed a new waste recycling plant from Northern Irish wet processing company CDE.
CCC, headquartered in Kirkby, Merseyside, provides waste management solutions to a wide range of industries and is a major supplier of recycled and quarried aggregates to the construction sector in the North West of England.
The company’s waste management division, CCC Waste Recycling, is investing in the new CDE construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plant for its 20-acre recycling depot at Simonswood Industrial Park in Kirkby.
CDE says that, when commissioned, the 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 UK.
Alongside its waste recycling operations, CCC also operates its aggregates supply and skip hire divisions. 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.
The investment in CDE technology represents the company’s first venture into wet processing.
The plant will process incoming inert C&D waste from the company’s own business activities, including site excavations, muck away services for building and construction projects, domestic and 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.
Statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs shows construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) generated around three fifths (62%) of total UK waste in 2016.
The UK Statistics on Waste report 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 says investment in CDE technology will support the company to achieve its ambitious recycling aims. He added that CCC processes a large variety of waste, from construction and demolition waste to that generated by households, including plastics.
"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," Munro said.
"With the support of CDE we’re taking our first steps into wet processing to maximise 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.”
CDE business development manager Michael Bibby commented: “Both CCC and CDE are pushing in the same direction. 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.”