Green Means Go!
McCarthy Marland attracts the attention of Bristol, during the Green City campaign, with the introduction of new waste processing and segregation technology. The extract below is taken from the Bristol Post in July 2013
McCarthy Marland Ltd, formally McCarthy Waste Management, was created by Kevin McCarthy in 2001 with just one lorry and a few skips. Bristol born and bred, Kevin is the classic entrepreneur who put everything he had into the start up. Through his sheer determination, sound sense of judgment and ability to listen and understand people’s needs he steered the business along the path of growth, in the early years, and stability during the 2008 recession.
Recognising the demand for recycling, Kevin acquired the business’s first licensed waste transfer and recycling station in Sussex Street during 2003. At this site construction and demolition waste, collected by the business from within the Bristol area, was segregated and recovered for recycling. Owing to demand, the business quickly outgrew Sussex Street and in 2007 Kevin acquired a 125 year lease from Bristol City Council for the business’s current waste transfer and recycling station at Albert Quay.
In 2012 the business had become too big for Kevin to manage on his own. Alex Marland and Kevin had previously discussed the possibility of a partnership and Alex has now joined Kevin as an equal partner in the business. Alex has an extensive background in waste management and has previously developed and managed recycling and energy-from-waste projects. He also has experience in introducing and managing the kinds of business systems which are vital to the survival of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) during their expansion.
Together, Kevin and Alex now share the same goal: to be resourceful with rubbish. Rubbish - or waste - if handled and segregated effectively is a valuable resource. Virgin materials can be costly and environmentally damaging to produce which is why McCarthy Marland are so committed towards the recovery of recyclates. The construction sector purchases and disposes of enormous quantities of materials, which can apply significant cost pressures on SMEs in this sector. McCarthy Marland are committed to supporting SMEs in the construction sector and have been researching, and are now investing in, technology and infrastructure to produce recycled materials for reuse back into construction projects. By making these recycled materials available to the local market, McCarthy Marland will be making Bristol’s construction businesses substantial savings in the cost of materials they use, their logistical costs for delivery and the cost of waste disposal to landfill.
McCarthy Marland have now completed Phase 1 of a significant technology application at their waste transfer and recycling station at Albert Quay. This brand new, state-of-the-art technology recovers hardcore/stone, soils and steel from construction and demolition waste, all of which will be reused in the construction sector. For recovered materials to be of a high enough quality for reuse, they must be clean and free from contaminates. The new technology at McCarthy Marland has undergone refined technical design to ensure that it is robust, reliable and produces recycled materials of such high quality that they will always be in demand.
McCarthy Marland are now supplying the Bristol construction sector with construction materials as well as collecting and recycling their waste. The business offers the unique ability to remove waste from sites around Bristol and deliver construction materials in the same skip or container. Alternatively, builders can deliver waste to the Albert Quay site themselves and collect recycled construction materials on the same vehicle if they wish. This ‘one stop shop’ to the Bristol construction sector saves time and money and reduces their carbon footprint.
Kevin and Alex have ambitious plans for McCarthy Marland and with the completion of Phase 1, they are already researching and planning for the development of Phase 2. Phase 2 will automate the recovery of materials such as plastic, cardboard, paper, wood and textiles inside an extension to the existing main transfer station building, which will use solar panels on the roof to power the technology. Kevin and Alex see Bristol as an exciting and vibrant city, which has already displayed a progressive attitude towards recycling. McCarthy Marland has been successful in obtaining planning permission for the fully automated recycling plant at Albert Quay but Kevin and Alex have decided to implement the technology in two phases as a precautionary measure whilst the economy struggles to recover from the 2008 recession.
Not only is McCarthy Marland positioning itself as a leading provider of cutting edge recycling facilities to Bristol City, but they are now also investing in bespoke waste management software that they believe will stand them apart from their competitors. The software will record all waste types collected, delivered, recycled and disposed of. It will also provide customers with real time delivery progress for skips and containers. It will significantly reduce the burden of paper delivery dockets and invoices and generate bespoke reports for customers detailing the waste types they have produced and volumes associated with specific sites.
Kevin and Alex are embracing technology advancement on every level throughout their business. However, they are both adamant that the business will not lose its personal touch – something that has always been at its core from the very beginning. “We both like meeting people” they say “and our customers and business associates want to feel they are being listened to and not being passed around from one recorded message to another. We have a great team around us who we know we can rely on to handle customers’ requirements. We greatly appreciate their efforts and we are excited to be taking them on this journey of technological development in the waste management and recycling industry.”Back to News