A FAST growing waste management business has added a regional first to the list of materials it now recycles, thanks to a pioneering machine it has developed.
Ripon Recycling has created a device that extracts mercury from both LCD and plasma screen televisions - and it is now seeing the company win new business from major electrical manufacturers.
The firm, based in Harrogate, is growing its operation to cope with a growing demand for its services, which includes recycling polystyrene, cardboard, plastics and batteries.
Last month, the company expanded into a 20,000ft sq unit on Harrogate’s Pannal Business Park, and increased its workforce from two to 18 full-time employees.
Steven Hullah, who started the business in 2006, said: “Over the last five years we have steadily grown the business and seized new opportunities as they have arisen.
“This is a growth industry and we are looking to develop our business further. Creating our own LCD and plasma recycling machine is a key strategic move for us. We are the only company in the region that has the capabilities to recycle these screens and, as a result, we are seeing a sharp rise in business coming our way.”
Steven added: “Over the last 12 months we have invested significantly in new machinery. This not only helps us keep on top of the rapidly developing waste management industry, it has significant environmental benefits too.
“The good news for us is that the early plasma and LCD screen TVs are now coming to the end of their lives. It’s cheaper to get a new one than have the old one repaired. What is a fairly steady trickle at the moment will soon become a flood.”
One of the firm’s core activities is data cleansing of computer hard drives. It is fully licensed to treat electrical waste and boasts secure MOD compliant data erasure, ensuring all information is fully deleted before the storage units are physically destroyed
“Over the last 12 months we have handled thousands of tonnes of waste and recycled 98 per cent of it. Previously, this would have gone to landfill,” added Steven.