Belfast Telegraph

Tonnes of wastage reused in firm link-up

By Clare Weir

A Portadown company has used cross-sector link-ups to divert almost 2000 tonnes of contaminated soil from landfill.

ReCon Waste Management and the other firms involved made cost savings of over 37% by avoiding costly gate fees.

ReCon was one of a number of companies taking part in an Invest Northern Ireland workshop aimed at introducing businesses that have unused or wasted resources, such as materials, heat, transport, production capacity, skills or storage, to other businesses that could use those resources.

At the workshop, ReCon was introduced to environmental consultant, Dr Mark McKinney of ATG, who was working on behalf of a construction company that needed a solution for some contaminated soil on a housing development site.

The subsequent link-up meant that soil being recovered from the construction site was brought to ReCon, where it was treated and will now be sold on to construction projects in Northern Ireland.

Daniel Connolly, owner of ReCon, said that the collaboration has helped generate significant cost savings and additional sales.

"This means that our businesses are more sustainable as well as being environmentally compliant," he said. "At ReCon we have heavily invested in processing equipment to produce re-constituted soils and aggregates from wastes such as road sweepings and sludges from road gullies."

Olive Hill, Invest NI's director of technology and process development, added: "The industrial symbiosis initiatives help provide solutions for using waste that often would otherwise end up in landfill."