Grundon Waste Management has increased its investment in the award-winning carbon negative aggregate specialist Carbon8 Aggregates, allowing the company to proceed with plans to build at least two new plants.
Carbon8 has recently added a £1.5m second production line at its operation in Brandon, Suffolk.
The company has pioneered the development of the world’s first carbon negative aggregate, using patented technology to recycle waste flue gas treatment residues (FGT) produced by energy from waste (EfW) facilities and convert it into lightweight secondary aggregates for the building trade.
The technology won an award at the 2013 National Recycling Awards and for this year’s event small blocks of the aggregate were used as trophies.
Carbon8’s top management team has been re-structured with Grundon’s chief executive Richard Skehens becoming Carbon8 chairman, while Steve Greig, previously Carbon8’s finance and commercial director, stepping up to managing director. Stephen Roscoe, Grundon’s technical director, is now technical director of Carbon8.
Roscoe said: “This is an extremely exciting time for our business. We have already trebled production at Brandon to meet existing contracts and, with demand from EfW operators increasing all the time as they look for landfill alternatives, this allows us to respond positively to the market.”
FGT from Grundon’s Lakeside EfW plant at Colnbrook, in Berkshire, a joint venture with Viridor, goes for processing at the Brandon facility and Carbon8 is currently in talks with a number of other major EfW operators.
There are plans for Carbon8 plants in Avonmouth and the North West while the company says it is looking at potential operations on the continent.