A new £1 million processing plant is set to tackle the problem of contaminated waste languishing in road side gully traps.
F M Conway will process up to 95% of collected waste at its purpose-built waste recycling plant in Dartford, Kent- believed to be the only one of its type in the UK.
With sources within the waste handling industry indicating that gully waste could soon be reclassified as hazardous, its disposal will become even more difficult and costly as there are only a dozen registered sites in the UK able to handle it.
F M Conway chairman Michael Conway said: “Our gully waste processing plant, which uses ground breaking recycling technology and is believed to be the only one of its type in the UK, will complement our existing and extensive construction waste handling and recycling operations.
“The plant is a huge investment, but it will be able to recover and reuse valuable resources and prevent environmental pollution and contribute towards saving rapidly reducing landfill space.”
The waste is collected by gully suction tanks and treated in a highly complex system of separation, filtration and screening processes to make the constituents harmless and the majority suitable for reuse.
Recovered sand and grit is used for concrete production while filtered silt cake is processed and used in other high value operations. Any metal is sent away for scrap and oils are treated and reused.
Conway added: “Our vision is to build gully waste processing plants to service key urban populations across the UK and help every urban community to benefit from a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
“It is our aim that each plant will become a catalyst for further expansion in our construction waste recycling, highway cleansing and highway maintenance term contracting operations.”
Around 60% of the collected waste is usually contaminated water, with this also recycled after treatment and pumped to the company’s adjacent high pressure water aggregate washing plant.