Britaniacrest Recycling Goes Blue Again!
Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd, a family business formed in 1993 by Ray Foss Snr and with three sites over Surrey and West Sussex, is now in the hands of the second generation – brothers Ray Jnr, Chris and Richard. Since inception, the company has always invested in the most modern, productive and reliable plant and equipment as the business expanded and diversified. The latest addition to the Britaniacrest plant holding is a Powerscreen® Premiertrak R400 mobile crushing plant, sourced from appointed distributors Blue London.
The Foss family and Blue London Director Eugene Donnelly have known each other for over 30 years and the very first machine Britaniacrest acquired in the year the company started was a Powerscreen screening plant Ray Foss Snr purchased from Eugene Donnelly….so the 23-year allegiance continues with this latest fleet addition.
The Premiertrak R400 is one of a whole range of high performance, versatile primary jaw crushing plants designed for recycling, quarrying or mining applications. The R400 features hydraulic release and a patented hydraulic crusher overload system which is ideal for Britaniacrest’s recycling applications where un-crushable materials, such as tramp metals, can enter the in-feed; the machine’s hydraulic crusher setting adjustment also provides total control of end-product size.
The Premiertrak R400 has an output potential of up to 400 tonnes per hour with excellent reduction capability, is extremely user-friendly and is economical to operate due to a highly efficient direct drive system. The R400 has numerous design and build benefits for both ease of maintenance and operational efficiency, plus tracked mobility on site and a quick set-up time – typically under 30 minutes.
Britaniacrest’s new crusher is processing around 3,500 tonnes a week, predominantly hardcore, concrete and demolition debris that form part of the waste stream which enters the company’s waste transfer stations. The crushing process produces a variety of sized and specified end-products, largely type 1 aggregate and 6f2. One of the attractions of the R400, says Britaniacrest, is its transportability, which allows the company to make use of the crusher on their site of choice, plus a high output and the considerable environmental benefit of comparatively quiet operation.
Ray Foss Jnr enlarged on his company’s purchasing decision, commenting “We’ve bought quite a lot of machines from Blue London over the years – both Powerscreen crushers and screeners as well as Doppstadt shredders. Apart from the proven excellence of these market-leading brands, we also have a great working partnership with Blue…we know we can rely on them right from the start of the purchasing process through to their impressive after sales product support. Blue’s sales manager Ronan Herity is our first line of contact there and we’ve built up a good relationship. We’ve bought kit from Blue since we started which says it all!”
Britaniacrest closely engaged with the then relatively new concepts of recycling at the time of its formation and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the South of England’s leading independent waste management companies. Passionate about recycling and environmental considerations, Britaniacrest Recycling has continually invested in plant, facilities and skilled personnel and now runs two modern waste transfer stations near Gatwick and Horsham capable of processing and recycling a combined yearly total of around 480,000 tonnes of waste and also exporting some 52,000 tonnes of RDF to Germany annually.
Additionally, Britaniacrest owns and operates a sand quarry in Storrington, West Sussex producing a range of sand products for the building and construction industry. In addition to their recycling and quarrying interests, Britaniacrest also runs a large hire fleet of skips, RoRo, tipper and muck-away vehicles and grab lorries; there is also a comprehensive fleet of road sweeper vehicles and low-loaders for hire, with bulk haulage and waste collection services also forming an important part of the company’s broad-based activities. As part of their environmental involvement, Britaniacrest also provides expertise in quarry and land restoration, reinstating land to a variety of uses including agriculture, wildlife habitats and social amenities.
Currently going through the necessary planning application procedure is the company’s innovative scheme to develop a further site to include a state-of-the-art recycling and renewable energy plant at the former Wealden Brickworks near Horsham. The proposed new facility will concentrate on the safe and environmentally sensitive processing and separation of commercial waste to produce a range of recyclables, with any residual material used to produce energy, using well-established and proven thermal treatment technology.
The new plant will provide a sustainable power generating alternative to primary materials and fossil fuels and annually will export enough electricity to the grid to power over 44,000 homes.