For over 25 years, Widnes-based WSR Recycling has been providing solutions to councils and business in the Northwest.
In the current market, it is essential to ensure waste and recycling is handled efficiently, effectively and with an excellent audit trail. The recent investments that WSR Recycling has made in its infrastructure mean it is leading the way on all accounts.
In September 2014 the company opened a new £1.7 million ‘waste warehouse’ with a specialized design that means the site can utilize a bay flow system. With no back walls, trailers load from the back ensuring the first waste in is always the first waste out. As part of this site, WSR has added two new weighbridges, bringing the total to three. This greatly improves turnaround time for deliveries and collections, while still maintaining a safe traffic flow.
To keep to its ethos of recycling and reuse, WSR purchased an old steel-framed building that belonged to Halton Borough Council (their own LA) to form the framework for this new warehouse. In addition, the company also provided recycled aggregates for the construction.
WSR works with waste collection and disposal authorities on a range of waste management needs including domestic waste such as household recyclables and residual waste as well as trade waste from commercial properties.
The residual waste WSR receives from councils’ household waste collections goes into the waste warehouse, where it is turned around within the authorities’ required permit stipulations.
This investment in the new building has allowed WSR to handle more material at any one time – the site is now annually permitted to manage 200,000 tonnes round the clock, seven days a week.
Not only has this building given WSR more storage room, the bays now also allow for increased waste segregation, which is important for authorities who are able to receive a clear audit trail of the waste they have produced. Integrated weighbridge software means that customers get accurate tonnage. A key aspect of this is the calculation of recycling rates from the various waste streams, supported by frequent sampling trials.
“When an authority has worked with us a strong working relationship is built, which is evident in the long-term contracts that have been put in place”, explains WSR Director Nick Prescott.
WSR deals with all types of non-hazardous material such as paper, cardboard, various types of plastic, metal, etc. Many of these products come in already segregated; however, it also has a materials recovery facility (MRF) that allows it to separate out recyclables. These are subsequently baled on site and moved onto various specialist-reprocessing facilities for further treatment.
The site has the ability to take in plasterboard that comes from numerous construction and demolition customers along with soil and stone, which it is able to process in order to make 6f5 and other aggregate materials ready to be reused in construction.
n addition, WSR has specialized street scene solutions, for dealing with gully waste, street sweepings, litter waste and fly-tipping material. This facilitates the disposal of material using a process that avoids landfill that is financially and environmentally beneficial to many councils – each of which receives a report, which outlines the compositional breakdown of the material. As is the case with all activity at the site, this evidence is supported by regular sampling trials.