Metal recycling company EMR has opened a new metals recycling site in Ashford, Kent.
The new purpose-built facility, based on Brunswick Road, was officially opened earlier this month by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Mrs Jessamy Blanford.
EMR said it has invested more than £4 million into the facility which opened to the public last week.
The site has a Lefort 1000 shear that allows EMR to process oversize scrap generated by manufacturing and demolition industries. The site also has two weighbridges to allow customers to be in and out of the site along with a non ferrous facility for local tradespeople and the general public.
EMR UK chief executive, Andrew Brady, said: “I’d like to thank the Mayor for cutting the ceremonial ribbon and I would also like to thank our customers and partners, without whom this development would not have been possible. Also particular thanks to Keep Ashford Clean, a community group who are really making a difference to Ashford.
“EMR puts a great deal of importance on supporting the communities and groups that are close to our sites, and we look forward to continuing to support Keep Ashford Clean for many years to come.”
Cllr Blanford said she was “impressed by the scale of the new yard Councillor Mrs Jessamy Blanford commented: “Thank you to EMR for inviting me to open their new facility.
“I am amazed at the scale of the operation and impressed by the fact that we have a leading recycling facility based in the heart of our community. Recycling is so important as our natural resources won’t last forever and landfilling is unsustainable. This facility will help both residents and local businesses to recycle their waste metal and end of life vehicles.”
EMR noted that the new site has secured around six new jobs, including apprenticeships and supports a number of other associated businesses in the immediate area. Within the wider region of Kent and Sussex, EMR also has over 100 employees across five core sites: Erith, Rochester, Newhaven, Shoreham and Portsmouth.
Source: letsrecycle.com Metal