Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Tyrone firm builds plant for recycling in Nigeria

EMS recycle managing director, Harry McCourt (far right),  with Paul O'Callaghan, chief executive of WestAfricaENRG, and Otunba Babajide Roger, chairman WestAfricaENRG, at the firm's plant in Killyman, Tyrone
EMS recycle managing director, Harry McCourt (far right), with Paul O'Callaghan, chief executive of WestAfricaENRG, and Otunba Babajide Roger, chairman WestAfricaENRG, at the firm's plant in Killyman, Tyrone

A Co Tyrone company has just completed a multi-million pound engineering project in Nigeria.

EMS Recycle, from Killyman, has built a recycling plant capable of processing more than 400,000 tons of waste annually to WestAfricaENRG.

The project involved the design and production of a waste-sorting station, which is expected to support more than 300 local jobs, as well as additional specialist recycling equipment which will sort waste materials mechanically to prepare it for further recycling.

Paul O'Callaghan, chief executive of WestAfricaENRG, said the equipment would help to transform how waste could be properly managed in a country which is keen to improve its environment through sustainable means.

"Unlike those countries in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, where recycling rates are climbing with the support of tightening legislative requirements, many African nations still have relatively basic waste management processes, which is why this innovative, state-of-the-art equipment is so strategically important," he said.

"We are very keen to showcase this plant to demonstrate just what can be achieved for the environment, for the creation of sustainable, local jobs, by producing much-needed value from waste materials which would otherwise be buried in the ground."

EMS Recycle is an eight-year-old company which was set up in 2006 by materials handling expert Harry McCourt, who – with almost 40 years' experience in the sector – has transformed the company into one of the most successful, innovative players in the recycling equipment sector in the UK and Ireland.

It is working to deliver waste management and recycling solutions to additional customers in the UK, Europe, Africa, North and South America.

"The market for innovative, high-tech, quality solutions to manage waste and improve recycling rates is vast and EMS Recycle has positioned itself well to capture the growing opportunities which are emerging not only close to home but much farther afield," said Harry.

"We're a company with home-grown skill, talent which knows the marketplace we're in and I know we are well-placed to increase our market share in this competitive arena.

"EMS Recycle is a business committed to building a sustainable growth and we are very clear about the countries and projects we target, knowing where and how our expertise can enhance our customer's operations."

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