Investment is response to tax changes

RECYCLING L&S Waste managing director Mick Balch
RECYCLING L&S Waste managing director Mick Balch
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A WASTE disposal firm has spent a six-figure sum on new technology at its Fareham headquarters.

L&S Waste Management has spent £250,000 on a new processing plant, which will ensure it can recycle everything it collects in skips at construction sites.

It uses a process called Air Density Separation (ASD) to process the residue, known as Trommel Fines and recover it for use in the construction industry.

Using an electromagnet, small items of metal such as nails or screws are also recovered and can be recycled.

The Portsmouth area is no stranger to such technology, as the Materials Recovery Facility in Hilsea uses a similar process.

L&S Waste managing director Mick Balch, said: ‘In deploying the new ADS plant, committing the site, staff and associated machinery to deal with this problematic material L&S is making a significant long-term investment, however one that is absolutely necessary to ensure that we remain at the forefront of our industry whilst importantly providing our clients with the highest possible waste recovery rates, in a fully compliant manner.’

There is also another reason behind the investment.

Recently HM Revenue and Customs reclassified Trommel Fines from being inert waste to being active waste.

The change in classification means that such waste is taxed more when it is sent to landfill – from £2.50 per tonne to £72.

Mr Balch added: ‘Increasing environmental legislation and landfill tax rates combined with zero to landfill waste targets will have a huge operational impact on every business offering waste disposal services.

‘L&S is pleased to be leading the way in the south.’

The firm’s head office is on the Pegham Industrial Park in Fareham, and it has bases in Farlington and Southampton.