£2.5m recycling unit is open for business

Allan Bell opens JCK's new recycling plant at Balthane Balasalla.'Allan Bell and James Cubbon in front of the plant.

Allan Bell opens JCK's new recycling plant at Balthane Balasalla.'Allan Bell and James Cubbon in front of the plant.

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COMPANY boss James Cubbon is delighted with a new £2.5m recycling unit at the Balthane Industrial Estate in Ballasalla.

Mr Cubbon, managing director of JCK Ltd, plant hire and demolition contractors, says the facility will benefit the company and island.

General view of the plant.

General view of the plant.

The unit spread over five and a half acres, deals with the recycycling of construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Mr Cubbon took Business News on a tour of the site and showed how inert materials such as soils, rubbles and concrete are converted into four grades of gravel and two grades of sand.

Between 90 and 100 people are employed by JCK and the fleet of wagons are instantly recognisable across the island.

Mr Cubbon believes in presenting clean, well turned out vehicles for the road and the new site even includes a truck washing facility to promote this view.

Allan Bell opens JCK's new recycling STATE OF THE ART: A View of the new JCK recycling centre at Balthane, Ballasalla

Allan Bell opens JCK's new recycling STATE OF THE ART: A View of the new JCK recycling centre at Balthane, Ballasalla

This was a major step forward, said Mr Cubbon, who has been managing director since 1995.

‘We were losing 30 per cent of everything in the inert materials and now we are hoping to bring it down to seven and 10 per cent which makes a big difference for our own business as well as for outside customers.’

Three staff are on site during opening hours and the plan is to double this number over the next year.

Any clay waste left over after the ‘good stuff’ has been taken out - will go to the firm’s old site at Lhergy Dhoo which is gradually being landscaped over the next three years.

Mr Cubbon certainly did his homework when planning the new facility.

‘Recycling is a fast moving animal and technology is always moving fast. I must have visited 10 different sites in the UK. Scotland and Ireland.’

In the end he chose Cookstown, Northern Ireland company CDE Global to instal the ‘state of the art’ machinery.

‘This is something for the benefit of the company and the island.’said Mr Cubbon.

Economic Development Minister Allan Bell, who attended the launch, said his department had been working closely with JCK to ensure the development went ahead.

He said it was a major step forward in helping to resolve the problem of construction waste. ‘This is a modern forward thinking investment which will greatly recycle the construction waste generated across the island.

‘Even though we may be entering difficult times it is a great example of the confidence the private sector have in the economy at the moment.’

Customers and visitors from the UK were also at the launch.

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