West Midlands quarry company WCL is cutting down on waste and generating revenue from surplus material with the purchase of a new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer from Finlay Central.
The new plant is enabling WCL to reprocess rejected sand from the quarry and convert it into backfill for the utilities industry.
WCL’s Cranebrook Quarry – located between Lichfield and Brownhills – carries out wood waste recycling, inert waste recycling, decorative aggregate sales and landfill – along with the traditional extraction of dry screened building sand.
The new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer replaces a five-year-old 883 also supplied by Finlay Central, which was used to screen inert material into soils, oversized hardcore and middle grade at the site.
The new 883 is continuing to be used as a multi-purpose machine, with WCL utilising it to process wood, as well as demolition rubble, which goes on to be used in building waste reclamation.
It is also reprocessing rejected sand – working with an existing Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen portable screening machine, used to process dry screened building sand.
Simon Winner, managing director of WCL, said: "The 390 is used to screen sand from the quarry face, with the fine sand then sold for building and the rejected sand stockpiled.
"The new 883 Reclaimer reprocesses the rejected sand – making easy work of breaking down lumps of sandstone.
"It produces three grades for us. The reprocessed sand, which is passed through a 20mm slotted mesh, is being sold for use as utilities backfill rather than being wasted. The medium grade sand is passed back through the machine several times and the oversize is added to hard core.
As well as the new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer and 390 Hydrascreen, other machinery at the site supplied by Finlay Central includes two Terex Finlay 683 three-way split machines, used to produce MOT Type 1 crushed concrete, and to recycle wood waste, as well as a Terex Finlay J-1175 jaw crusher.
The purchase of the 883 is the first time WCL has brought machinery new. Previously, all machines supplied by Finlay Central have been purchased second hand by WCL.
Simon added: "This new 883 replaces our 2005 version and offers increased ground clearance, allowing higher stockpiling capacities and easier access to the screenbox for cleaning and maintenance.
"It was the right time to part exchange the older model, considering its resale value for our first new purchase from Finlay Central.
"I had no hesitation in replacing the 883 Reclaimer like-for-like, as it is an extremely efficient and versatile machine."
Neil Bailey, sales engineer of Finlay Central, said: "The key to the Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer is its adaptability, whatever the application or industry.
"At WCL, the plant’s capabilities are already driving new efficiencies and revenue streams."