Picture: L to R: Steve Patterson Managing Director, Remondis Waste Solutions Ltd, Andrea McGuigan, Business Durham, Cllr Simon Henig, Leader, Durham County Council, Werner Hols, REMONDIS International, Managing Director and Dr Dave Hodgson Dr David Hodgson, Department for International Trade.
Remondis have opened their state-of-the-art C&D recycling plant in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
The site was acquired in November 2016 through the acquisition of JBT Waste Services Limited and the redevelopment of the site has taken 18 months from the initial design stages.
The site will utilise the latest sorting technology to process construction, demolition and commercial waste streams.
The construction work was conducted by locally based NCS who were involved from the initial demolition of the original site buildings right through the project and, despite some testing technical challenges, managed to bring the project in to the tight timescales demanded.
NCS, Operations Manager, Peter Galbraith said: “the brief was to demolish and rebuild the site with minimal impact on the existing operations and to a tight timescale. As always at NCS we love a challenge and working to meet our customer expectations”.
After a competitive selection process the recycling plant was supplied by Northern Ireland based Kiverco who have a strong track record in the construction of these facilities.
Kiverco’s Area Sales Manager, JP Devlin said: “this plant has been developed to maximise recycling and recovery and operate to the highest levels of efficiency and reliability. Key to this project has been a relentless demand from Remondis for the highest levels of quality. Kiverco are proud to have been selected to design and supply this fantastic new facility to one of the leading operators in the sector”.
The plant will utilise a variety of sorting technologies to extract the maximum recycled material from the mixed wastes it is designed to handle. Mechanical screens will size the material appropriately, magnets will remove ferrous metals, density separators will be used to separate light and heavy waste stream and the plant will utilise near-infra-red sorting technology to ensure maximum quality of outputs.
Commenting at the opening of the site Councillor Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council said: “It’s great to see a business investing for the future in our region and in such an essential industry. This investment will support improvement in our local environment and our local economy”.
Regional Director for Remondis, Dave Hughes added: “this project is a testament to the team that have worked on it. The quality in the execution is obvious to see and this plant will ensure we can deliver the very best levels of service and environmental performance to our customers for years to come.”