September 11, 2020 @ 10:50 by Steven Hugill
An entrepreneur is launching a £300,000 venture to cut waste.
Wilton Recovery is pioneering a process that aims to reduce manufacturing costs and lower the amount of material sent to landfill.
Allan Hogarth, the man behind the venture, says it will create an initial five jobs and has the “potential to put this region on the map”.
Wilton Recovery aims to process a minimum of 50 tonnes of recyclable goods every month, with Allan saying the process will save clients around £1700 per tonne and £300 in landfill costs.
The company is now building a plant on the Wilton International Site, near Redcar, and aims to begin operations later this autumn.
It will work with other companies involved in Teesside’s chemical industry cluster – taking recycled product and converting it into powder form that is able to be reintroduced into the manufacturing process.
Allan [pictured left] has invested £300,000 in the business after recruiting a Doctor of Engineering to develop the innovative technique, which was recently patented.
He said: “In layman’s terms, we will place recycled material into what is effectively a giant blender that breaks it down into powder which can then be reused in place of more expensive primary elements.
“Wilton Recovery will make a significant contribution to the region’s circular economy – reusing, recycling, and extending the life of materials to reduce our carbon footprint.
“It will also divert a significant amount of this material from landfill, where it takes more than 1000 years to decompose.
“At our core, Wilton Recovery is an industrial trouble-shooter, understanding other companies’ issues and difficulties and delivering responsive and environmentally-friendly solutions.
“We want to be the market leader in reprocessing these materials while using Teesside ingenuity to create local jobs.
“We have a great deal of ambition and this is just the start.
“The potential is huge, and this process could be replicated around the globe.”