SMR (UK) Ltd.
SMR was formed in 1999 and has grown since. We have relocated and upgraded our highly automated manufacturing facility to Caldicot, Wales which houses our Head Offices. Waste management compliance, landfill diversion and the decrease of carbon footprint are some of the main issues facing companies in the construction industry today. SMR is one of the leading technologies in the industry that is proven to assist Companies in achieving all of these challenging targets.
SMR and its national dealer network are committed to providing the SMR Batch-Mix solution to assist the industry in mitigating the ever increasing tipping charges, landfill tax & aggregate tax. SMRaim to have a recycling facility offering theSMR Batch-Mix solution in most major cities within 5 years, thereby reducing whole cost by providing local solutions
THE SMR Batch-Mix SOLUTION
providing customers the highest recovery rates in the business by blending SMR into the processed excavated spoil. The SMRBatch-Mix solution recovers
Traditional recycling facilities typically recover just 40% - 60% of the incoming waste with the balance still ending up at landfill. Therefore landfill costs have to be added to the price of traditional recycled products. Using SMR Batch-Mix ensures that there is no need for landfill resulting in a cost effective option.
SMR Batch-Mix will also reduce a company’s carbon footprint as it facilitates waste tipping and material collection from the same location, cutting out unnecessary lorry movements to stand alone landfills and quarries.
Civil Applications: Earthworks
Use of SMR in the Civil Engineering industry is growing at a rapid pace as more and more Customers come to appreciate the benefit SMRs' flexibility offers by enabling the provision of many reliable solutions to exactly meet customer needs.
As highlighted above, local availability means that Cut and Fill projects can take advantage SMR Batch-Mix stations, to store spoil off site and recall processed material as required, instead of the more expensive method of sending spoil to landfill and importing fill when needed. For larger projects, the SMR Equipment can be moved to site to provide an in-situ solution. This has the benefit of providing greater cost savings by eliminating un-necessary transport of materials to and from site.
SMR has proven repeatedly that it can be used to encapsulate contaminants in contaminated spoil. This enables the client to re-use the existing contaminated spoil on-site by reducing the leachability of the contaminants in the spoil to safe levels. The contaminated spoil can then be used as a structural material that will actually outperform traditional backfill materials. With the small number of nonhazardous landfill sites remaining and even fewer hazardous landfills available, the SMR solution cuts out huge transport distances and even larger disposal costs. As an example, SMR has been used on the following contaminants and constantly proved successful in encapsulating these contaminants:
- Heavy metals
Use of SMR on remediation projects has resulted in massive savings being achieved compared to other methods.
Waste Management is now high on the agenda as one of the most important cost issues in the Utility Industry today. The industry is being forced to change the way it works in order to comply with Landfill Regulations that were introduced on the 16th July 2005. With the number of landfill sites decreasing rapidly and the cost of tipping at landfill increasing at an even faster rate, Utility Companies and their Contractors are keen to make use of all new recycling technologies.
SMR is pioneering this change and has developed a number of techniques to meet the needs of the Utility Industry in gaining waste management compliance, lowering their carbon footprint, and in most cases reducing costs.
1) Hub SMR Batch-Mix Recycling facilities:
SMR and a growing number of 3rd party SMR dealers, is setting up recycling facilities across the country to ensure the Utility Companies can achieve waste management compliance locally, with a QA system in line with WRAP Quality Protocol. E.g. Sustainable Aggregates Case Study: see appendix 1.
2) On-Site Machine Mixing
The SMR solution can be adopted by the use of a small towed mixing plant (2.7 tonnes in weight). The plant can easily be transported to site where it will process up to 30 tonnes of excavated spoil per hour. This processed material can then be placed back into the road in place of Type 1 GSB. See Appendix 2 Morrison
Utility Services. The benefits that customers gain from this are:
- No landfill costs
- No quarried aggregate costs
- No transport costs
- Decreased carbon foot print
- Significant cost savings
- Using a backfill material (SMR Batch-Mix) that outperforms Type1 GSB
3) On-site Hand-Mix
The perfect solution for all your small footway excavations. Used in conjunction with 6mm permanent cold lay wearing course, this method enables a Utility Crew to excavate, repair, backfill, reinstate and complete the job, typically in less than 2 hours. By decreasing occupation of the site from the traditional 3 days, TMA compliance is easily achieved and Chapter 8 defects should virtually disappear. The SMR hand-mix method increases the Crews efficiency making them totally self sufficient, providing the maximum cost savings and environmental benefits (See table below).
- SMR treated soil achieves a minimum CBR of 50%, although 200% plus is not uncommon
- In independent air void tests SMR treated soil outperformed Type 1 MOT Stone 100% of the time
- SMR treated soil bonds to the walls of the excavation eliminating subsidence as well as ‘plug & beam’ effect
- 95% reduction in tipping charges
- 95% reduction in imported material costs
- Dramatic reduction in transport costs
- Zero failures = no remedial works
- 95% reduction in Landfill Tax
- 95% reduction in Aggregate Tax
- Typical savings = £38 per cubic metre when compared to traditional methods
- Increased productivity
- Recycling excavated spoil means increased landfill capacity
- Recycling excavated spoil means less dependency on virgin aggregates
- Minimises transport costs
- Minimises disruption on the highway
- Reduces pollution
- Reduces fuel costs
- Cost reduction
- Improved reinstatement quality
- Reduced use of imported backfill
- Reduced aggregate tax
- Reduced landfill disposal
- Reduced landfill tax
- Reduced disruption to road users
- Reduced Chapter 8 equipment levels
- Increased productivity
- Achieve first time permanent reinstatement