Scott Bros launches plastic research project with Teesside University

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:

Haulage and plant hire business Scott Bros has partnered with Teesside University to develop a solution for plastics which are difficult to reuse.

Researchers will investigate whether the plastics may be used in the manufacture of construction materials such as concrete.

The Stockton-based recycling business is already working with experts in the university’s school of computing, engineering, and digital technologies to find a use for a byproduct produced through its processing of construction and excavation waste.

This byproduct, ‘filter cake’, makes up around 30% of every 20 tonnes processed by the plant. Currently, it can only be used as pond lining clay or inert fill, but researchers are looking to develop a method of binding the material together to produce a commercial cementitious product for use in the manufacture of bricks and floor screeds.

Both the filter cake and plastics projects are part-funded by Innovate UK and European Regional Development Fund respectively.

They are part of wider programmes designed to help businesses innovate through academic support.

Bob Borthwick, director at Scott Bros, said: “We hope that the research project into plastics will match the encouraging progress which is being made in the filter cake project.

“As a recycling company, we are passionate about maximising the efficiency of resources as part of a growing momentum towards achieving a circular economy.

“We want to extend the range and volume of plastics that are recycled by discovering a value in the material which will prevent it from simply being thrown away.”

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