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Kinross – Turning lead into gold

Pirtek Kinross has a long-term relationship with Wm Russell and Sons Limited, which has been in existence since 1932. The company was established in that year as a scrapyard and car breaker. It continued to make its primary money out of the metal trade until 1967 when Leslie Kay, William Russell’s grandson, started the skip hire side of the business. With an established business in scrap metal and having moved into skip hire, waste sorting and disposal was a natural step forward. “My father started the skips separately from the metal side of it and then it just all came together,” says Steven Kay, the fourth generation of the still wholly owned business. “It was a natural progression from scrap to the skip hire.”

The full-on sorting of waste for reuse and recycling came later, in the mid 1990s, around the time Steven entered the family business. Initially this was just picking out wood and metal, but plastic and cardboard were soon added to this. Wood is either sent to Steven’s Croft wood fired power station near Lockerbie, which is the largest biomass plant in the UK, or, if it’s suitable, is made into chipboard. Another significant element of waste that is sorted on Wm Russell’s site is PVCu window frames, which are sent to be recycled, while rubble is sent to be used as hardcore Most of this waste comes from building sites, with a small amount of domestic waste as well.

Steven and Liam Kay with Pirtek Kinross’ Ally Thomson

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