South Yorkshire firm’s million-pound idea goes to waste

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A South Yorkshire firm has come up with a new product which is set to revolutionise the waste incineration industry.

Barnsley-based D R Baling has developed a pioneering plastic wire which can be used to tie-up waste for transport to incinerators, allowing it to be safely burned.

The new product, trademarked as Plasloc, is set to save the waste industry millions of pounds.

Managing director Peter Robinson said he is confident the new product will take off. He said: “At the moment waste firms are baling unrecyclable waste with steel wire and plastic wrapping. But when it gets to the incinerators in Holland, that has to come off before the bales can be burned, which is a really messy and expensive job.

“This plastic wire means the bale can just be burned whole and that could save the waste industry literally millions a year.”

D R Baling makes about 15,000 miles of steel wire at its plant in Oxspring, near Penistone, which is used by the recycling industry to tie together bales of cardboard, paper or plastics.

Plasloc is based on a wire that was originally produced for use in the vineyards of South Africa to support vines. Traditional metal wire would bend, get hot and rust, so plastic wire was developed for use instead.

Peter took the concept and patented a process to add a rough surface to the wire so that it can be tied in knots more easily.

But it took several years to come up with the finished product, which is now undergoing trials at a recycling centre in Hull.

D R Baling, which has a turnover of £7.5m, currently employs 19 staff, but about a dozen new staff could join if Plasloc is successful.

The company is expanding production facilities by constructing a new 10,000 sq ft building to house a second Plasloc machine.

Paul Tinsley, of Enterprising Barnsley, which is giving the firm free marketing help, said: “It’s fantastic to think that a ground-breaking invention is being developed here.

“It shows we have some amazing business brains in the borough and can be at the forefront of manufacturing in the UK.”