Innovative Cotswold business keeping the Royal Navy afloat

5th Aug 2015

It’s peculiar to think the largest naval port in Western Europe is being kept above sea level by a business based in the quiet village of Toddington, some 170 miles north - but it is!

QCR Recycling Equipment are supplying waste reducing equipment to three of HMNB Devonport’s biggest names. Babcock International, Fendercare Marine and Princess Yachts have all had their presence graced by our Devon and Cornwall man about town, Steve Hillier.

Steve is the undisputed cardboard king of Cornwall but he is often asked to spread his wings and study other waste streams. Empty paint cans were a problem for these at the dockyard and Steve was on hand to create a solution.

The QCR CP30HD can press looks like a robotic machine Star Wars creator, George Lucas would be proud of but a walking, talking robot it is not. Instead, this machine crushes cans and drums with an 8 tonne compaction force and reduces volumes by 5:1.

Princess Yachts for example had five wheelie bins crammed full of waste cans, which took up valuable space and cost an awful lot to empty. With their new can press, they have slashed bin lifts by 80%, meaning only one bin is now required.

Fendercare Marine were in a very similar position but thanks to QCR and Steve, both businesses are making incredible savings.

"The problem with waste cans and drums is that essentially you have to pay to dispose of air. Crushing the used cans at the source means that you remove this 'air' and only pay for the actual cans to be disposed of". Steve Hillier and his words of wisdom.

If you think your business could benefit from a similar solution or if you have any other waste problems, get in touch with QCR. Free site surveys and free equipment trials will always be offered. It also costs nothing to talk to us…

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