J.A. Jackson builds a sustainable future with CDE wash plant investment   

J.A. Jackson, part of the Fox Group, has installed their third major project with wet processing experts CDE, which will produce over 10,000 tonnes of washed material weekly. 
Washing & Water Management / March 15, 2023
By Guy Woodford
J.A. Jackson's CDE wet processing plant

Established in 1967, J.A. Jackson supplies building materials, aggregates and ready-mix concrete and provides skip hire and haulage services.  
Working out of sites in Preston, Leyland and Lancaster in Lancashire, northwest England, J.A. Jackson supplies quarried and recycled aggregates. However, increased demand for their products has boosted the need for more material recovery. 
The family-run business has been working with CDE since 2010 when they installed their first wash plant at their 90-acre site in Fullwood, which was processing between 80-120tph, and over the years, was gradually upgraded to a 150tph plant.  
Due to the long-standing relationship, J.A. Jackson had confidence in CDE’s expertise to design a solution which would increase the amount of material they could process to meet current market demands.


David Scott of J.A. Jackson
David Scott, Health Safety and Operations at J.A. Jackson

Commenting on the relationship, David Scott, Health Safety and Operations at J.A. Jackson, said: “There were a number of reasons why we’re continuing our partnership with CDE, firstly is that we’ve always been delivered a solution to suit business needs and received great support from the local team to ensure the smooth operation and development of our plant 
“When we bought the plant in 2010, we were told to expect a 10-year life span. The plant has already outlasted that at 13 years, so we knew CDE’s solution is designed to last. Some of the team commissioning our new plant had worked on the first one in 2010, and we were really reassured working with a team that we knew understood
our site.” 
At the centre of J.A. Jackson’s decision-making is sustainability. Recently, they have seen increased demand for recycled aggregates instead of virgin limestone materials.  
David comments: “Five to six years ago, recycled aggregates were considered second rate; customers would prefer to pay the extra £2 per tonne to use virgin limestone materials. That landscape has completely changed, and now we have a large demand for our recycled materials. Our single-size aggregates and sand have proven to be very popular; we also produce a recycled Type 1 MOT from the clean oversize from the wash plant, giving a higher quality product when compared to dry processing. We are confident in the quality of our recycled products, and trials have shown the quality to be equal to virgin materials.” 
As well as that, J.A. Jackson chose to continue partnering with CDE as it was more sustainable for their business, as David continues: “We have been able to retain the main feed conveyor and aggregates processing section with the additional plant. CDE was able to design a plant to seamlessly integrate the elements we could keep from the original plant, which is a much more sustainable solution for us and a large part of the reason for working with CDE again.” 
To meet increased demands and serve the changing market landscape, CDE has designed J.A. Jackson a solution that can process over 200tph, an increase from 120tph with the existing plant, resulting in over 10,000 tonnes being washed through the plant each week.

Feed material entering the R4500 primary scalping unit
Feed material entering R4500 primary scalping unit

The new 200tph solution integrates an EvoWash sand wash plant, AquaCycle A600 thickener, and screen, adding an R4500 primary scalping screen once the upgraded solution was operational.  
The plant is producing six final products (two sands; 0-2mm and 0-4mm, and four aggregates; 10mm, 10-20mm, 20-40mm and an oversized) and filter cake. With this new plant, 85% of the feed material is being repurposed in the local construction industry, limiting the amount of waste sent to landfills.  
The J.A. Jackson facility has abundant feed material from the local area, much of which comes from the 400 tipper wagons that form part of the Fox Groups fleet.

The material is processed through the wash plant, and the wagons leave with washed sand and aggregates. As well as diverting material from landfills, there are fewer empty transport runs during this extremely efficient process, with waste washed and graded within three minutes. 
J.A. Jackson is 45 minutes from the local stone quarries in Cumbria, so by increasing capacity, they are helping further reduce the carbon footprint of material movements by providing a source of aggregates to the local construction sector.  

David Kinloch, Director of Business Development for CDE, added: “It’s been a pleasure working with J.A. Jackson over the years to build a solution that aligns with their sustainability goals. Plants like this are the future of the industry and a testament to J.A. Jackson’s passion for diverting waste from landfill. 
“We have many customers across the U.K., and with that, we were able to take J.A. Jackson to visit several some of our cutting-edge plants to showcase our technologies to make sure we found a solution that suited them. We were delighted to be working on their most recent journey, enabling them with an innovative solution to play their part in creating a circular economy. At CDE, we are committed to delivering quality products which stand the test of time. We are proud to be able to upgrade this 13-year-old plant and deliver the lowest total cost of ownership in the wet processing market.”     
David Scott, Health Safety and Operations Manager at J.A. Jackson, said: “Now that we’ve increased the size of the plant, we’re able to process more material which allows us to work in partnership with large construction firms, which diverts more waste from landfill and ultimately is helping promote sustainability in our local economy. 
“CDE has delivered on what we set out to achieve; we’ve developed a very positive working relationship throughout the years. From the design process through to the commissioning and after-sales support. We have a great ongoing relationship with CDE and have regular visits from our local Customer Relationship Manager, who has been a great asset to ensure the smooth operation and development of our plant.” 

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