Hi-tech initiatives to hit green target

Work underway to transform an 80,000 sq ft warehouse in Rotherham into a 100 per cent recycling facility for the Rod Hull Group.
Work underway to transform an 80,000 sq ft warehouse in Rotherham into a 100 per cent recycling facility for the Rod Hull Group.
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A LEADING South Yorkshire recycling group is investing more than £4 million in creating a hi-tech processing centre capable of achieving the ultimate green target - 100 per cent re-use of the materials it receives.

Ron Hull Group has bought a four acre site, once used for warehousing, and has started work on preparing the main 80,000 square foot building for the installation of a new plant and machinery.

The new centre, just a few hundred yards from the firm’s Mangham Road base in Rotherham, is expected to create more than 20 new jobs this year.

Initially, the centre will process around 75,000 tonnes of waste a year but it has the potential to process double that amount.

Ron Hull Group director Mark Hull said: “This is clearly a major investment for the company that will have a significant impact on our operation.”

“The site we have acquired was originally built for Gloystarne and was later occupied by a logistics company involved in the distribution of Haribo sweets. They moved out a couple of years ago. It is a big site. The main building covers an area of two acres.

“The thing that is particularly exciting is the prospect that the advanced technology that we’ll be using on the site will take us well on the way towards the recycler’s dream…where everything brought in is sorted, processed and used, with nothing going to landfill.”

The group is investing £2 million in machinery, including state of the art shredders, and is looking at installing a facility that will produce “Refuse Derived Fuel” – or RDF – which can be used to fuel power stations and other plants.

Fellow director Nigel Hull said: “One of the key benefits of the expansion on to the new site will be that it relieves the current pressure at our main recycling base and that opens up all sorts of opportunities.

“An immediate objective is to grow the size of our domestic and commercial skip service. The plan is to increase the operation by 50 per cent in the next two years.”

Ron Hull was one of the first companies in South Yorkshire to start supplying skips, almost 40 years ago, but the company says many are unaware that it provides skips to householders and small businesses, as well as large industrial operations.