As the cost of UK landfill continues to increase and the benefits of recycling commercial waste grow, Marshall’s Yard, the impressive new £39 million shopping, commercial and leisure complex in Gainsborough has become one of the latest ventures to incorporate Tony Team’s waste management solutions into its successful development.

The complex, which was launched to the public in April, has been quoted as heralding the economic transformation of Gainborough and since its opening has attracted many thousands of visitors. Leading high street retailers including Next, Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley and Allied Carpets are all trading in the complex, which has seen the transformation of architecturally appealing former engineering works off Beaumont Street.

Landfill space has become scarcer and the associated filling costs have increased steeply over the past 5 years, with further predictions that prices will double again by 2010. This combined with the Government’s new legislative requirement to remove as much recyclable matter from refuse as possible, led Marshall’s Yard to address its waste compaction and recycling approach from the development’s conceptual stage.

The solution has been for Dransfield Properties, the management company behind Marshall’s Yard to install a range of waste management machinery that enables additional income to be generated from recycling plastics and cardboard, while also compacting waste to reduce landfill collections and cost.

The specialist balers and compactors have been manufactured and supplied by leading waste management company, Tony Team, who assess all types of businesses and organisations to provide the best and most cost effective waste solutions that not only save companies money, but also generate additional income streams.

Three Tony Team balers, the TT75, TT150 and the TT550 have been installed at Marshall’s Yard for cardboard compaction and collation to minimise the size of polythene shrink wrap for recycling; and condense and aid the easy storage of general non-recyclable waste. This has already enabled Marshall’s Yard to reduce landfill waste and its associated costs by 70%. Furthermore an additional income of £70 per tonne is now generated by the complex from selling-on cardboard and polythene to recycling merchants, and health risks of fire and vermin infestation are significantly reduced as waste is more appropriately stored before removal.

“We’re baling at least 3 tonnes of cardboard a week” comments Mark Dransfield, director of Marshall’s Yard “considerably reducing our skip compaction and making a welcomed additional income”.

“As a business we want to develop an environmentally sound waste management policy, which also made good commercial sense and incorporating Tony Team’s compactors and balers has allowed us to do that.”

“By compacting non-recyclable waste, we can also reduce the number of vehicle trips made to empty our commercial bins, thus reducing our carbon footprint as well as pick up fees. And we also estimate that with all the savings and income made, our baling and compacting equipment will have paid for itself within a year, which makes great environmental and business sense.”

Tony Team is one of the industry’s most experienced manufacturers and suppliers of balers and compactors and is able to offer comprehensive advice on waste management planning for every size of company, coupled with the equipment to match.