Rockwool Insulation Recycling

A large number of skips can and have been filled in the past and seemingly potentially useful insulation is taken away by waste removal contractors and simply thrown away, usually into landfill.

This contractor asked Shredall to specify and advise upon the size of an appropriate compactor to fit into their site and training was carried out for the general labour gang over the safe use of the equipment and the compactor was then delivered. At a similar time Aliva were able to confirm that Rockwool could accept returns and would take Shredall’s delivery of shredded rockwool for recycling and reuse.

Rockwool have informed the contractor that they are the only contractor working on such a scheme with them.

This initiative reduced carbon emissions through the reduction in the number of skip movements and lifting of skips full of insulation into position (by a crane powered by a diesel generator) and the vehicles delivering the skips, with a saving of 4004 miles in skip exchange movements from the waste management provider.

There is also a reduction in waste to landfill with the removal of 154 skip movements away from the site equating to 1,648m3 of waste taken to landfill reduced.

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