L-R: Cameron McLatchie and Huw Lewis unveil the new plant.

Visqueen makes multi-million investment in recycling capabilities

Published:  15 March, 2012

RHYMNEY: The construction industry’s use of greener products is set to receive a welcome boost thanks to Visqueen Building Products.

The business celebrated the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art, waste wash plant at its Rhymney factory in South Wales on 9 March, with representatives from the Environment Agency and DEFRA as well as dignitaries such as Jasper Roberts, head of waste, resources and efficiencies in the Government of Wales, in attendance.

The new plant, estimated to have cost in the region of £4.5 million, will enable the company to strengthen its range of 100% recycled polythene products.

An additional 25,000 tonnes of waste material will be recycled each year by the company, part of British Polythene Industries (BPI).

This waste will be used to create a variety of new second-life products including the Plaswood range of recycled plastic furniture.

In addition to being one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe, the new wash plant will also be one of the greenest.

To maximise its efficiency and reduce its impact on the environment, it employs features such as low energy, high output motors, energy saving lighting and rainwater harvesting to replace the water lost each day.

Visqueen Building Products is also working with major construction companies to help them dispose of their polythene waste, such as aggregate, cement and other sacks, before recycling it and supplying it back in the form of new products like 100% recycled damp proof membranes and site protection products.

Business director Gerry McGarry said: “We’re committed to facilitating more efficient, more sustainable means of UK-based recycling as well as to providing closed loop solutions wherever possible.

“The new plant at Rhymney will help to increase our already extensive recycling capabilities, bringing major benefits not only to our business, but also to UK recycling and to the environment as a whole.”

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