Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Machine
- 08 August 2012
- Company & Industry News
HMRC trommel fines clampdown sees demand sky-rocket for Dig A Crusher's Max X Tract Density Separator.
The Max X Tract Density Separator has been a part of the Dig A Crusher product line for the past few years and, in truth, sales have been steady but unremarkable. Last year, the company delivered a modest 11 units. Although their use has been pioneered by some forward-thinking recycling companies keen to extract every last ounce of value from their waste streams, the vast majority of firms were content with just paying the £2.50 Landfill Tax imposed on the trommel waste fines the machine is designed to process.
All that changed on Friday 18 May.
Within 24 hours, Dig A Crusher managing director Sean Heron had received three confirmed orders for the Density Separators, setting an upward trend that would continue until now.
"On 18 May, HM Revenue & Customs issued a brief that said that waste fines that had previously been covered by the lower £2.50/tonne Landfill Tax rate would be charged at the full £64/tonne rate with immediate effect. This left waste management, demolition and recycling companies staring down the barrel of a huge hike in their waste disposal costs," Heron says. "Overnight, we went from offering a very good, low-volume, niche machine to having the low-cost solution to a 2,500 percent disposal rate increase."
Coming of Age
The Max X Tract Density Separator is designed to segregate stone, lights, wood ferrous and non ferrous materials from -100mm materials, enhancing materials resource efficiency and minimising the levels of material sent to landfill. Weighing just nine tonnes and fully self-contained, the compact yet durable machine can be easily incorporated into existing waste handling and extraction streams, allowing users to extract potentially valuable recyclable materials to generate additional revenue and minimise waste disposal by up to 90%. It is capable of processing up to 150 tonnes/hour.
"There has never been any question about the quality of the Max X Tract or its ability to turn trommel waste fines into an additional revenue generator. But the HMRC decision has totally changed the recycling landscape," Heron concludes. "Those companies that dismissed the Max X Tract as impressive but unnecessary for their business are now urgently placing orders to avoid this huge disposal cost increase. The Max X Tract has truly come of age."
Further information from Sean Heron, Dig A Crusher.