The Client

Tonbridge and Malling Borough council (TMBC) is situated in the heart of Kent and has a proud history of providing high quality services.

It has a population of around 110,000 residents and the main town of Tonbridge attracts many tourists, especially during the summer months.

Key Facts

  • Countrystyle started working with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council in May 2014
  • Countrystyle aims to collect over 300 tonnes of the public’s plastic bottles every year
  • Bespoke containers were placed on each site with easy to understand signs to ensure the correct material is collected

The Challenge

Tonbridge & Malling Council operate a plastic bring bank service for their residents in the borough.

They encourage the residents to recycle a wide range of plastics from fizzy drink bottles, milk bottles, washing up liquid bottles and bathroom product containers.

They were looking to work with a locally based resource management company able to provide a collection, sorting and recycling service for dry mixed recyclables.

The Solution

On the back of signing a 10-year contract with Knauf, Countrystyle submitted planning and permitting applications for a dedicated standalone plasterboard recycling facility in 2016.

By mid-2017 a 5,300m2 building had been constructed at Countrystyle’s main Ridham Dock site that increased its ability to process waste plasterboard to 120,000 tonnes per annum. The bespoke facility manufacturers high grade recovered gypsum powder which meets Knauf’s strict quality raw material standards.

The new facility contains the latest technology from Danish equipment manufacturer ReTec, making the Ridham Facility the largest single site plasterboard processing facility in the UK.

Key Features of the design include dust suppression, extraction solutions and dedicated delivery areas for each process stage, including separation, processing and storage. Since commissioning, further enhancements have been made to improve the quality of the paper by-product created during the plasterboard recycling process.

Countrystyle also handles all onsite waste management for Knauf, Sittingbourne. This includes other waste streams such as general waste, office DMR, bailed plastics etc. Ensuring Knauf’s production line is constant and undisrupted, Countrystyle also offers ad-hoc services, including 24-hour call outs, winter gritting, WEEE disposal and on-site lagoon management.

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