Barnsley-based waste management company DTS Environmental has opened a new materials recycling facility (MRF).
The new £2 million processing centre will enable recovery of a greater quantity and quality of recyclable materials such as cardboard, metals and aggregates. The MRF was built by Smulders Waste Technology of Holland and can process up to 120 tonnes per hour of waste.
DTS hopes that the new technology will help the Barnsley area process most of its recyclable materials.
DTS Environmental director David Thackray said: Ultimately, we have confidence in the future. Were in the privileged position of being perhaps the only waste management company of our size in this area and were thriving in these difficult times, thanks to demolition and the recycling of the resulting waste. Were hoping to use this as a springboard to expansion, moving further into areas of collecting commercial waste, increasingly in bins rather than skips, with the aim of being able to compete with the giants of the industry, locally at least.
There is still a great deal of room left for expansion. The great and possibly unique thing about the waste industry is that it effectively has enormous barriers to entry in the form of local planning permission rules and Environment Agency regulations, which when properly enforced prevent competitors from setting up wherever they choose and enables us to securely plan long into the future. As such, we believe we have the scale to compete with the smaller players and the flexibility to compete with the major ones.
Image: DTS MRF