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Crushing down costs

Recycling rubble started to increase four or five years ago. Many companies and local authorities were starting to look at how they could save money on their waste management. Once they saw that it was possible to actually make a profit from re-usable rubble, a market was born.

The primary method before using recycling equipment had been to send any waste and rubble to landfill. As year-on-year tax increases on landfill made businesses think about other options, it was soon found that there are plenty of solutions. In the recycling market there is equipment, such as crushers, which not only helps to make recycling cost effective but also increases efficiency.

As a compact recycler, the Rubble Master allows companies to take unusable waste material and to crush, recycle and grade it into a profitable aggregate fit for use on the roads and other applications. It is easy to move around, so is ideal whatever the site. The bucket, by VTN, fits on an excavator and is a smaller piece of equipment, so is ideal for smaller projects.

Recycling rubble has given smaller demolition companies an opportunity to explore a new side of the market, where profit can be made from re-using waste material. Rubble Master works with contractors which use recycling in niche applications, such as forestry and waste transfer of domestic and building rubble, up to larger local authorities which utilise the equipment to recycle rubble for motorways.

A steady start seems to have been made in 2011, and Haulmark Equipment believes the recycling industry will continue to increase. It is working with companies to help them get the machinery that is right for the job they are using it for. The trend towards recycling is born from an environmental and social conscience point of view, but it is being driven by cost savings and budget cuts.
Bob James is Rubble Master sales manager at Haulmark Equipment

CASE STUDY: HOW SWANSEA SAVED £3.5m

The City and County of Swansea, along with all local authorities, is facing major challenges. Changing demands, reduced Government funding and the effects of the recession on budgets all mean that services have to be prioritised, but there is still a need to provide best practice while making cuts. Since January 2004, Swansea has been using Rubble Master machinery to help crush bitumen, old pavings, kerbstones, concrete and stone, to reduce landfill and save money.

Council maintenance services manager Mark Fraser says: “In 2004 we purchased an RM60 to help us to crush unwanted rubble with the ultimate aim of re-using the material on roads. At the time, the level of crushing we were undertaking did not warrant anything more. But this gradually increased so, in 2009 we looked at upgrading. The RM70 GO is a larger machine and is on tracks, so it is easier to move around and, of course, can crush larger volumes of material.

“I am surprised that more councils do not have this type of equipment. Last year alone, ours recycled more than 14,500 tonnes of material from January 2004 to the end of March 2010, it has saved us around £3.5m by minimising waste to landfill and on purchasing quarry materials - everything we crush is re-used on the highways or on local environmental schemes.”

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