Hampshire, United Kingdom-based UK Plug Recycling has installed an RS40 hard drive shredder made by Austria-based Untha Shredding Technology GmbH that will shred plugs, sockets and other small products and pieces of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) materials.
Untha says its shredder is capable of processing these materials down to a homogenous 15-millimeter particle size (slightly larger than one-half inch), with the ability to handle 1 metric ton of material per hour.
Working predominantly with other waste and recycling companies that find the complexity of some WEEE materials a headache, UK Plug Recycling buys materials that may otherwise be lost from the resource loop. They are then prepared for established plastics and metals recyclers, many of them within a 30-mile radius of the new facility.
“I first had the idea for UK Plug Recycling around six years ago, when I was working for another waste contractor,” says Justin Beverley, founder and managing director of the firm. “I identified that items like sockets and small-scale WEEE are commonly perceived as too much like hard work for many industry operators, so they simply end up in the ground. I therefore suggested that we offer a specialist service in that respect. Despite rigorous market research, my boss, at the time, didn’t believe the proposal was commercially viable.”
Beverley was not deterred. “Last year, I began exploring the opportunity myself. Fast forward to the spring of 2017 and I’d secured financial backing. I already knew the equipment I wanted for the operation, having visited Untha UK’s North Yorkshire headquarters and the Austrian manufacturing facility, when my research first began. Everything has moved quite quickly from there.”
Beverley has worked with the Untha team to refine his shredding process and begin penetrating the market. “UNTHA UK’s support from concept to installation – and beyond – has proven incredibly valuable as we’ve gathered traction,” he comments.
Already looking ahead to what might be next, he is now on the lookout for additional downstream equipment that will further enhance the sophistication and revenue yield potential of the new processing line.
“We truly do have a ‘green’ agenda,” says Beverley. “We obviously need to make enough money to survive, but this isn’t a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. It’s about harnessing the value of something that many other companies are overlooking, because it’s the right thing to do.