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Self funding projects with very rapid financial returns

Waste stream process mapping to systematically assess and quantify value potential

Focused improvement plans with regular reporting of results.

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Examples of Recent Waste Cost Reduction Products Completed by ICR

5. Bed Manufacturing Company – Internal Waste Cost Reduction

A UK based company supplying a ‘shredding’ service to a major bed retailer that involved collecting and shredding old mattresses. A key issue was how to extract value from “fibre contaminated” spring steel in the old mattress during recycling. ICR worked with the customer to investigate best practice of recovering and maximising the spring metal waste.

The project identified a specialist metal recycler who recently invested in a state of the art “Fragmentation” plant which efficiently recovers and maximises the value contaminated spring steel. This partnership has reduced waste to landfill, significantly increased income streams from the waste and increased volume for the metal recycler.

6. Speciality Chemical Additive Manufacturing Company – Process Waste Recycle Mapping

A Chemical processing company producing a range of stabilising and additive products for use in the polymer industry had the problem of disposing of “high Value” but toxic waste which was a bi-product of their process. As well as the cost of disposal, the client was concerned about the increasing inventory of toxic materials in his site.

Using their extensive global recycling database, ICR rapidly identified a number of specialist recycling options outside the UK. The material was then initially sent to a specialist reprocessing plant in India for reprocessing whilst a more detailed review of the other Northern European options was carried.

The second study found a recycling route in Northern Europe and this was subsequently implemented to eliminate the higher transport costs of shipping material to India. The stabiliser bi-product material is now being used in a high value metal reprocessing plant as a raw material substitute, benefiting both the client with the original waste problem and the user who gets a raw material costs saving.


Results; - The significantly reduced hazardous material inventory at the clients’ facility has been significantly reduced – this was a key objective for the client. In addition, the waste stream now has positive value and does not incur hazardous disposal costs as before.