Since 2001, Daniel Connolly has operated a successful contracting business looking at new innovative topsoil processes.
Over the years, the business has evolved into the waste sector and the diversification has led to the formation of a new company – ReCon Waste Management Limited, which is now increasing the options available when it comes to disposing of sweeper waste.
Having achieved an End of Waste Protocol on Street Sweeping wastes in 2014, the company has now identified a second problematic waste stream traditionally disposed of in landfill sites and have been able to secure a second EOW Protocol on Clean Water Clarification Residues.
What ReCon Waste did
For the past few years, ReCon Waste has been providing its customers with recycling rates of more than 98%. This was due to its End of Waste (EOW) Protocol achieved on Sweeper and Gully wastes. In 2016, the company began looking at other waste streams that would fit into its business model and provide a sustainable outcome.
Following talks with NI Water regarding the sludges their processes produce, the team at ReCon carried out extensive research to come up with the best treatment process that met the customer needs and ensured complete diversion from landfill.
The EOW was developed with its company ethos of sustainability by resource efficiency and reflected the needs of its customers whose main target was diversion of waste from landfill. The soil produced from the clean water residue is used in a number of different ways including the improvement of agricultural land by farmers within the local area and to improve low lying land.
Impacts and Outcomes
- Treats approx. 6000t of this waste per year and achieved 100% diversion from landfill
- Turnover has increased from £0.6m to £1.2m
- The market leader for recycling difficult to treat waste streams
- Investment in new machinery ensures minimal environmental impact
- Local farmers and landowners have a benefitted by improving their land areas using the recycled topsoil conditioner – this has led to a reduced dependency on natural resources and expensive land drainage schemes
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