TAFF Awards 2010: Environment Award
In this final category only two companies – Credential Environmental and DME Tyres – survive from last year's finalists and they are joined by previous winners Kingpin Tyres, Envirotyre and Hardings Vans, a company providing a localised service. I said final category, however, it is worth noting that the NTDA's "Innovation Award" will be presented on awards night too. But seeing as the nominations for this haven't been published yet, the Environment Awards counts for the last category in our coverage. Click more for the nominations.
Credential Environmental: Credential Environmental remains a UK market leader in the safe collection, reprocessing and disposal of tyres, operating a national service from a range of sites throughout the UK.
Credential Environmental use their own state of the art IT system, which tracks and monitors all customer activity, providing an extremely focused “right first time” collection for all of their customers. Credential Environmental provide a comprehensive, fully compliant, and reliable service to a wide range of large, established customers and household names. With over 30 vehicles collecting from all corners of the UK, the Company is well placed to service local, regional and national players.
Credential Environmental is the UK’s leading supplier of tyre-based products used for civil engineering applications such as aggregate replacement. The tyre-derived products Credential Environmental sells are manufactured for quality assured applications. In addition, Credential Environmental manufactures Tyre Derived Fuel for the cement kilns and other high energy applications.
Credential Environmental has been collecting and reprocessing tyres for over 20 years and, despite an extremely volatile market place, the Directors and Shareholders remain as dependable and committed to customers and the environment as ever.
DME Tyres: DME Tyres is one of the UK’s leading tyre collection and casing sorting businesses, located in Burntwood, Staffordshire. The company has been in business since 1980 and in this time has established a management team with significant experience in the tyre collection, sorting and recycling business.
In 2002 DME was acquired by RMC (UK) Limited, part of the RMC Group, one of the world’s largest building materials companies. This acquisition gave DME synergy with the UK cement industry, Rugby Cement, which currently utilises tyres provided by DME as a kiln fuel to replace their current fossil fuels.
In February 2006 DME Tyres once again became an independent company, allowing it to remain at the forefront of the tyre collection and reprocessing industry.
The company operates its own fleet of vehicles, all of which are fully licensed to carry waste tyres. DME handles around 1200 tonnes of tyres a month, the majority of which are consumed in the cement-making process.
Envirotyre: Envirotyre was founded in 1995. It remained a small local business for almost 10 years and was acquired by its current owners in 2005 in anticipation of the market impact of the landfill bans on both whole and shred used tyres.
In June 2008 the company secured the exclusive UK licence for the sale and distribution of Compactyre. Compactyre is a patented, hydraulically-driven compactor that punctures and compresses a tyre to less than one-quarter of its original size. Compacted tyres are easier to handle, store and transport, drastically reducing fuel costs and vehicle emissions in the collection of used tyres. Used with Envirotyre’s integrated bin and vehicle configuration, once the tyre has been compacted it will no longer require to be handled manually – significantly reducing the risk of personal injury.
Compacted tyres are retained in the folded position by mild steel nails and can be shred or granulated as with any non-compacted tyre. The process, which breaks the tyre bead and punctures the casing, will also prevent defective tyres being sold on the second hand market to unknowing customers.
It is estimated that Compactyre reduces tyre removal and collection costs for garage owners by 20-40 per cent, plus compacted tyres are easier to handle and store at the point of removal and the volume reduction of compacted tyres allows more tyres to be carried in a single journey.
Hardings Vans: Hardings Vans is a registered waste carrier, specialising in the removal of end-of-life tyres. The company operates within a 50-mile radius of the town of Wigan, Lancashire and collects tyres in its own fleet of vehicles at times to suit customers’ requirements. The tyres are then sent for disposal. Collections can be arranged on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, as required.
Kingpin Tyres: Kingpin Tyres was founded in 1973 as a retreader of passenger and commercial van tyres, as well as offering a used tyre collection service for customers. Today Kingpin is the UK’s only remaining passenger car tyre retreader offering passenger car, van, light truck and truck retreads nationally and is one of the UK’s largest used tyre collection specialists.
As well as retreading, Kingpin can process scrap tyres at its premises in Wem, thus completing the loop in the recycling process. All scrap tyres are processed through the company’s shredding and granulation plant, thus eliminating the need for further transportation. Materials produced on site include aggregate replacement and rubber granulates for use in the equestrian and leisure industries.
Kingpin offers a 100 per cent recycling service and the company collects and disposes of more than three million tyres a year.