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Making your waste work

We pride ourselves on our ability to develop unique and innovative waste treatment solutions; our skilled chemists and technicians work together to develop new technology which answers difficult waste treatment problems. In doing so we ensure that waste taken into our facilities is handled in accordance with the waste hierarchy, ensuring that our own environmental impact and that of our clients, who trust us to handle their waste, is as minimal as possible.

Recovery of Precious Metals

Recovering precious metals from aqueous wastes including Nickel, Copper, Silver and Aluminium.

This award winning process is a UK first for the recovery of Nickel from spent electroless solutions which contain high levels of organics and salts and are notoriously difficult to recover by electrolysis alone. These waste streams are traditionally produced by the nickel plating and aerospace industries.

This process is achieved by a complex method of ion exchange and electrowinning technology and consistently provides high extraction rates of 99.6%.

We currently extract silver for recovery from used photographic fixer and x-ray solutions and have the expertise to cater for many other industrial aqueous waste streams including copper and aluminium solutions to name just a few.

Recovery of these metals leads to recycling and reuse, therefore creating a more sustainable solution.

Tanalised Timber

We’ve developed an award winning, highly innovative and unique service used  to treat and process tanalised timber which until recently had inadequate disposal options.

Originating from a wide range of sources such as cooling towers to garden sheds this
waste stream has posed a problem for the industry due to the preservative (chromated copper arsenate) which bonds to the wood and is difficult to remove.

The developed process extracts hazardous components (copper, chrome and arsenic) leaving the wood clean and non-hazardous.

This innovative process ensures:

  • No incineration and therefore no risk of harmful emissions
  • Wood becomes classified as non-hazardous
  • Hazardous residues (Cu, Cr, As) insolubilised to meet WAC

Hazardous Laundry

We offer a specialised laundry service for rags, wipes and spill mats that are contaminated with oils.

Historically this waste stream could go to hazardous landfill sites however, under current Environmental Agency guidelines this is now illegal.

Our developed process involves cleaning the wipes under optimum washing conditions so that they can be returned to our clients if required. On site containers are offered to many of our customers helping to ensure safe storage and transportation of these wipes.

Our developed process ensures:

  • Reuse of rags
  • Recovery of oil

Stabilisation and Fixation Treatment

For some problematic waste streams stabilisation and fixation presents the best disposal option.

Our highly developed processes enable waste to be blended together in a homogenous mix which meet waste acceptance criteria guidelines for landfill disposal. The treatment is far more advanced than traditional solidification methods as the science has been developed to “fix” the waste so that it’s chemically bonded and therefore minimises the effect on landfill leachate liquids.

The process is fully enclosed and automated ensuring any emissions are contained within the facility. This state of the art treatment facility accepts liquids, sludges and solid wastes in drums, IBCs or packages or bags.