Willshee’s secures SRF deal with Geocycle for Holcim Group

A contract to supply 15,000 tonnes of solid recovered fuel annually for use as an energy substitute in cement-making has been awarded to Willshee’s Waste & Recycling.

(l-r) Simon Lowe of Willshee's with Andrew Whyatt of Geocycle at the Cauldon works

The ‘multi-year contract’ has been awarded by Geocycle which arranges supplies to the Cauldon cement works near Ashbourne, Derbyshire for Lafarge Cement, part of the Holcim Group subsidiary, Aggregate Industries.

In a statement, Willshee’s explained that: “Following Lafarge’s investment in an alternative fuel platform, operated by its waste division, Geocycle, it has contracted Willshee’s to supply an estimated 15,000 tonnes of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) a year – equating to three to four deliveries a day, five days a week.”

The SRF, explained Willshee’s, comes from the company’s materials handling facility in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire, transported by Willshee’s own fleet. This site primarily uses industrial and commercial waste to produce SRF. Once delivered to site, the cement kiln then recovers the thermal energy from the SRF to help power the manufacturing process, whilst recycling any mineral content within the SRF into the final product, through a process called “co-processing”.

Willshee’s highlighted the advantage of producing the SRF for use in the UK. The company said oit is seeing a “huge” increase in demand for this fuel option within the UK market. And, it noted: “|Working with local businesses also means shorter journeys which reduce the carbon footprint and bring further environmental benefit.”

The tonnage award to Willshee’s is part of a series of contracts being let by Geocycle UK. In June this year (see letsrecycle.com story) Geocycle awarded SRF supply contracts to Ellgia and Enva.


Commenting on the Willshee’s award, Andrew Whyatt, head of Geocycle UK, said the company was delighted to work with Willshee’s. “Their proximity to the Cauldon Cement Plant not only reduces the carbon footprint of the fuel that is manufactured at their advanced sorting facility in Swadlincote, but also provides us with excellent levels of service from their dedicated vehicle fleet. From the outset we were impressed with the drive, knowledge and flexibility of the team, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”


Willshee’s commercial manager Simon Lowe commented: “Having worked very closely with Geocycle to get this project up and running, and to meet their very high standards of specification, it is exciting to see this contract now live. We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with the team at Geocycle, providing them with a consistent product. We can now see the real benefits of our investment in the Swadlincote facility. Both in terms of our capacity to deliver a sustainable fuel for a global organisation like Geocycle as well as in terms of the scope for future expansion.”

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