Ethos Recycling has purchased the full assets and freehold of the Cliniserve Autoclave facility in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The steam sterilization autoclave plant is designed to treat clinical waste and has a capacity of 3,500 tonnes per annum.
This follows the purchase of the former Compact Power clinical waste treatment facility in Avonmouth, Bristol, in January 2008. The plant was part of the Defra New Technologies Demonstrator Programme but was withdrawn from the programme at the end of 2008. The Avonmouth plant features steam sterilization, pyrolysis and gasification technologies. Ethos said its new purchase would complement this exisiting facility and provide continuity for existing customers during scheduled maintenance.
Ethos has announced it plans to install a second 3,500 tpa autoclave plant on the Littlehampton site and civil work has already been undertaken. Ethos has secured a guaranteed supply of 3,500 tonnes of waste per year for two years from SRCL, a subsidiary of US-based company Stericycle Inc, and the new owner of Cliniserve.
Waste management company Ethos Recycling specialises in the collection and recycling of construction waste. It started trading in 1993 as Sweeney Environmental and rebranded to Ethos Recycling in January 2007, when it started a programme of acquisitions. An Ethos spokeman confirmed: It is our intention to expand our business utilising an alternative treatment technology for clinical waste and other waste streams.