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site outside Swindon, next to the M4, on which it receives, sorts and disposes of waste in various manners. “In 2006, we got planning permission for composting, wood recycling and sorting waste in the yard,” says Richard. Green waste is made into a British Standard compost on site, Richard says. “It comes in and gets shredded within five days of coming on site and put into a windrow. The windrow then gets turned once a week for 12 weeks and then we screen out the compost at 12mm, below which the product goes out to be tested and sold.” One of these power stations will be fed by a ‘gasifier’, which heats woodchip to around 1,000 degrees, producing low grade methane and charcoal and disposing of waste wood in the process. “What happens is the wood breaks down and the gas comes off. It’s anaerobic so it’s not burning, it’s making a charcoal,” says Richard. Once the gasifier is up and running, no wood will be exported off the site and it and the gas-fired power station will generate enough electricity to supply the local town of Wootton Bassett. While the gasifier and associated power plant are in the commissioning process, Crapper and Sons is still sending wood to five power stations, giving some idea of the scale of the operation. Hull York Cambridge Reading Lut n Harlow Slough/Heathrow Oxford Coventry Rugby Milton Keynes Birmingham Burton-upon-Trent Peterborough Leicester Stoke Derby Nottingham Ma sfield Lincoln Bradford Leeds Wakefield Doncaster Sheffield Manchester Northampton However this was not the full extent of Richard’s ambition. Cleveland “We’ve got three Energy From Waste power stations on site.”

it is fed into a V20 spark engine to generate electricity.

The relationship is obviously a close one. “Richard will actually pitch up with a dirty hose in his hand at times. That’s the type of guy he is. He’s not scared of getting dirty.” Richard explains what it is that has made him stick with Pirtek all these years. “The reason we use Pirtek is that we’ve got a lot of processing machines; you’re in Swindon, which makes it really easy, but we get a good quality of product and service. “We have used other companies, but you always find that might be a problem. We don’t get problems with Pirtek.” Pirtek Swindon’s work with Crapper and Sons is the success story of a long-standing business relationship in an innovative sector that will reduce waste and cut carbon emissions at the same time.

Between the sorting, processing and the landfill site, all of this waste management and disposal equipment requires servicing. “They’ve got grabbers, conveyor belts, dozers on the landfill,” says John Kordula, Centre Manager of Pirtek Swindon. “They’ve got quite a lot of new kit up there so a large proportion of our work with them is down to accidental damage as opposed to wear and tear. They do stay on top of their machines and keep them very respectable.” While Pirtek Swindon have been working with Crapper and Sons for at least 25 years, the relationship is not a static one. “Nowadays they have got their own fitters so they use the trade counter a lot, but we do site work for them as well.”

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