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Sundance finds drum solution

A ground-breaking bio-diesel operation has extended its commitment to recycling by taking steps to reprocess the steel drums it uses for transportation.
 
Sundance Renewables of Ammanford, Carmarthenshire runs the first community-based bio-diesel production plant in the UK, using locally-sourced vegetable oil from pubs, restaurants, chip shops and restaurants.
 
The company receives around 200 steel drums a week and approached Corus Steel Packaging for advice on how to recycle these more efficiently.
 
While the fuel produced acts as an alternative for normal diesel, the company was provided with a small drum crusher and a 40 cubic yard container to store the containers in.
 
These are then delivered to the Corus CanRoute centre at SimsMetal UK, Skewen, which transports the material to Corus Port Talbot plant where it is recycled.
 
Corus recycling development manager Garvin Freeman said: It was vitally important to Sundance Renewables that it was able to recycle the steel drums. Due to the large quantity of steel drums the company uses, we suggested that it would be most effective if they were crushed on site and stored in a large container.
 
By crushing the drums, the container can hold a greater number of steel drums, which reduces transport movements- which is good in terms of both costs and the environment.

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