The PPP Group has been rewarded for its approach to managing difficult waste streams to lessen the impact on the environment.
Among the big winners at the recent annual Construction, Quarry & Recycling Awards, it was presented with the Circular Economy award, sponsored by Bailey Waste Recycling, during a glittering ceremony, compered by television and radio sports presenter Adrian Logan, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast.
Organised by the publishers of Plant & Civil Engineer, 4SM (NI) Ltd, it was attended by hundreds of guests and leading figures from the plant, construction, quarry and waste management sectors. With 20 separate categories, the event is widely regarded as Ireland’s premier platform of recognition for those operating across all sectors of the industry.
PPP Group have continually researched and developed new business practices and processes and as a result are now producing innovative products from waste automotive tyres.
Established in 2001 and based in Portglenone, Co Antrim, the company offers a unique recycling, waste and resource management service that enables all end-of-life tyre producers – from the general public to all industrial and business sectors – to manage and report their waste, from cradle to grave regardless of the type, volume or location.
As the only member of the Tyre Recovery Association and the European Tyre Recycling Association within Northern Ireland, the PPP Group has year on year increased its customer base and the volume of material processed.
Whole tyres were banned from landfill sites around 2002, as a result of the EU Landfill Directive. This was designed to divert and recover as much potentially re-useable/recyclable material from landfill as possible. Since this initiative came into place, the UK and Ireland has evolved and adapted, though currently a large percentage of all of end-of-life tyres are only collected, mechanically re-sized and exported to non-OECD countries and recovered for energy production.
However, the PPP Group manufacture recycled products from the tyres collected within Ireland, one of the main products being – Used Tyre Derived Aggregate Replacement (UTDAR), which is a sustainable and cheaper alternative to conventional infill such as virgin stone aggregate primarily used in civil engineering and landfill engineering applications. Deployment of UTDAR material is within Ireland and meets the proximity principle.
This replacement product maximises the full lifecycle of the original rubber. It also reduces carbon generation during the extraction and production of traditional graded stone aggregate. This reduces the impact of consumption and depletion of natural resources and provides a like for like product and at a much reduced cost to virgin stone aggregates.
Its new subsidiary company Terraflex is a consumer-focused brand for playground, rubber mulch and equestrian products, all end-of-waste criteria products made from end-of-life automotive tyres and are PAS: 107 compliant.