Industrial shredder specialist UNTHA UK has created a ‘rebuild division’ which will be dedicated to taking back used machinery and reusing or recycling it.
The division – part funded by £20,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund – will be based at the company’s HQ in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
The newly created part of the company is set to be operational next month and will enable UNTHA UK to take back unwanted machines, before restoring them and putting them back on the market or recycling them.
Commenting on the plans, UNTHA UK’s managing director Marcus Brew said: “The pace of change within the waste and recycling sector is undeniable. This means that some companies outgrow their shredding technology after 5-10 years and move on to look for an upgraded machine. But this shouldn’t render their incumbent equipment redundant.
“Now we’re really practicing what we preach by devising a return-to-base scheme that keeps high-value equipment within the supply chain.”
The division will look to take back 24 machines in the first 12 months of running, which will increase to one machine a week, said the company.
UNTHA says its machines parts are reusable and can be recycled, with less than 1% of the weight of the machines classed as waste.
The launch of the division was made possible by the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The PAPI project is delivered by the University of York and provides grants that help businesses from the region to spearhead the creation of new goods and services.
Elaborating on why PAPI supported UNTHA UK with the rebuild initiative, Darrell Hooper, PAPI innovation adviser said: “This capital investment means that Untha can refurbish and revitalise older, less efficient equipment rather than consigning it to the scrap pile. The refurbished products also make a perfectly priced entry level point for smaller businesses to manage their shredding needs.”