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Date posted: 16th December 2020

It seems a lifetime ago now, but, back in April, we made the move to our new site in Eaglescliffe.

One of the things we were most looking forward to was having the extra space, not least because it meant we had room for our latest bit of kit – the RPS shredder!

The high-spec QR1700 Untha shredder, which is capable of handling up to 100 tonnes of pallet wood waste every week, arrived in April and it’s fair to say she’s more than lived up to our expectations.

Previously, we may have had to turn work down for mixed pallet collections because they contained a high volume of scrap. By having our own shredder, even if a customers’ scrap pallet levels are high, we can provide a cost-effective solution for collections while still extracting as many good pallets as possible for reuse.

Even though we like to reuse wherever possible, sometimes a pallet has just reached the end of its useful life. This is when the pallet will be chipped and recycled.

Since the first load left our site in April 2020, we have shredded 2450te of wooden packaging, which has been supplied for either recycling or energy recovery – meaning no pallet we handle goes to landfill.

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It has been a steep learning curve, and RPS operatives Dean and Stu have done a sterling job getting to grips with the new machinery, but we can’t wait to see how much she gets through in 2021!

How do you recycle at work? Let us know via Twitter at @RPS_Limited.

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