Materials recycler Eurokey Recycling expects to be fully operational in the next few months after reprocessing began at its new site in Hinckley, Leicester, two weeks ago.
The company’s previous site was hit by a fire last year, completely destroying its recycling facility. Now it is running at a rate of around 50,000 tonnes a year, with the aim to reach 100,000 tonnes a year once all the new equipment has been installed.
The new facility now has CCTV and sprinklers set up, something which Eurokey commercial director Joe Bisland believes will become more important to cut the number of fires at waste facilities in future.
He said: “The industry is moving towards installing big, tight secure systems for their facilities because there have just been too many fires. Businesses have got to protect their plants. There will be a definite move towards it in the next few years, driven by the health and safety executive and insurance companies.”
From 1 March, all Eurokey material will be stored indoors at its new 53,000sq m warehouse, once a temporary site in Ashby has closed down. It is a bid to ensure materials are preserved and not weighed down by rainwater.