In a move designed to help the construction industry counter the 20% increase in the standard rate of tax from £40 to £48 for each tonne of waste sent to landfill, effective 1 April 2010 and announced in this week’s Budget, waste solutions company Mil-tek is launching a “free, no strings attached” two-week baler trial. By compacting and baling segregated cardboard, plastics and other packaging for onward recycling Mil-tek’s air-powered, lower-energy-consumption balers significantly reduce the number of skips and lifts-to-landfill, saving construction companies up to 80% in waste management costs and also generating additional revenues through the onward sale of recyclable materials.
A WRAP-sponsored Taylor Wimpey pilot using on-site Mil-tek equipment reported improved waste recovery rates and a 75% reduction in waste collections, while a leading builders merchant achieved additional ongoing revenues of £70-100 per tonne from the onward sale of its Mil-tek-treated waste plastic and cardboard.
Helpfully for construction users, Mil-tek balers can run from either a 110- or a 240-Volt source and so are suitable for use inside or outside, on-site. After the initial trial users have the option to rent one or more balers short- or long-term, for maximum flexibility.
“The planned annual landfill tax hike has been extended by a further year in this week’s Budget and will now rise to £80 a tonne in 2014/15” comments Mil-tek GB sales director Bryan Wingfield. “The building industry produces more than 120 million tones of waste a year, of which more than 25 million tones are sent straight to landfill. Targets are being set to halve construction waste sent to landfill by 2012. Mil-tek balers optimise the use of space and transportation to slash waste management costs – countering the impact of ever-increasing landfill tax”.