Recycling firm Scott Bros is preparing to make a major £3m investment in Teesside’s circular economy.
The family-run firm is looking to install a second and much larger ‘urban quarry’ to convert construction and excavation waste into high quality sand and aggregates for use in the construction industry.
It is estimated the wash plant would create an extra 12 jobs and further secure the future of the company’s current 120-strong workforce.
The move follows the success of a £1m wash plant, which is now operating at full capacity, after it was installed in January 2019 at its site at Norton Bottoms, next to the A19 flyover.
The Stockton-based firm is now looking to install a second, much larger, wash plant at its site off John Boyle Road, South Bank - next to the former British Steel site.
Scott Bros is in the process of investigating the possibility of securing grant funding towards the project, as well as the requirements of gaining full planning permission.
It is currently working with Teesside University to find a commercially viable use for the ‘filter cake’ - a fine-grained clay-based material produced as a by-product of the wash plant, which can be used as for applications including pond lining clay or inert fill.
People from the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies are examining methods of creating a binding agent to produce a cementitious product for use in the manufacture of bricks and floor screeds.
Karen King, deputy leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, who visited the site to learn more about the proposals, said: “It’s great to see a local company go from strength to strength in our area.
“The wash plant would not only secure much needed additional jobs but reduce carbon emissions and provide alternatives to the building trade by offering a sustainable alternative whilst reducing pollution.”