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McCloskey Machines Recycling in Splendid Isolation
A pair of recycling machines from McCloskey Equipment is helping a Kent sand and gravel producer make quiet but effective inroads into the waste management business.
Few people would argue that the recycling and reuse of waste materials is a worthwhile occupation. Sadly, while most of us are keen to help preserve the Earth's natural resources, the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) lobby remains both vocal and unmoved.
Which is why Bournewood Sand and Gravel's construction and demolition waste recycling operation is a model of discretion. Neatly hidden away off the A20, just yards from the Swanley by-pass in Kent, the site is ideal for recycling C&D waste, as up to 10 heavy vehicles carrying 200 tonnes an hour, pass over its weighbridge, without disturbing a single neighbour.
The Right Equipment
The 3.5 hectare extraction site has been established for over 10 years and is now partly being used as landfill for inert materials, and increasingly as a C&D recycling centre.
“Most of the site is given over to recycling which makes good financial sense in light of landfill taxes. However, to do this effectively and economically we have to have the right equipment, and I'm pleased to say we have found just that”, says director of operations, Kevin Deery. “For the past year, we have been running two McCloskey machines: a 34 tonne R155 Finger screen on a 3-way split that produces 15, 30-40 and a 75 mm products; and a 28 tonne 621 Trommel that produces 10 and 25 mm topsoil products.”
“They are great machines. In fact, I'd go one further and say they are the perfect machines for the job”, he asserts. “They are certainly some of the best machines I've worked with. We've had absolutely no problems with them and a lot of that I'd put down to their build quality. They're very well engineered, sturdy machines. You can tell someone has put a lot of thought into the design and manufacture.”
Get What You Pay For
Deery readily admits that this level of design and manufacture comes at a price; but it's a price he is willing to pay.
“The McCloskey machines are easy to work with and easy to maintain, and the operators like them. Even in foul weather, the trommel has continued to function because the clay doesn't stick to the screens as it would on other, competitive makes”, he concludes. “They are not the cheapest machine on the market but they are exceptional value for money, and you certainly get what you pay for. McCloskey Equipment's service personnel have been quick to respond to any maintenance request we have made. If you asked me if I was happy with the McCloskey machines, I would definitely say yes, and they will be top of the list when the time comes to buy replacement plant.”