Using our process will cost no more than taking asbestos to a landfill site. It has taken many years to perfect the technology, to get planning permission and to receive all of the necessary permits from the Environmental Agency and HSE. We are now building a demonstration plant before developing what, we believe, will be the first full scale commercially viable asbestos treatment plant in the world. We will work with the asbestos industry to build a national and international infrastructure to recycle asbestos containing materials.
There are many hurdles to developing an innovative hazardous waste treatment business not least working out how to denature asbestos in a commercially viable way and how to get the many approvals that are necessary for such a business to trade.
The two founders of the THERMAL RECYCLING business, Steve Beaumont and Liam Wordley, have worked together for over ten years to overcome these challenges. Steve owns Therser the UK’s largest kiln and furnace manufacturer. Liam is an owner of a former munitions site which is now used as an industrial estate which is where Thermal Recycling is now based. By combining their years of experience and different skills they were able to design an integrated process around a purpose built kiln which is capable of denaturing asbestos. The cost will be no greater than that of taking asbestos to a landfill site. They worked closely with specialist advisers and consultants to get all of the necessary licences and approvals from the Environmental Agency and Health and Safety Executive to operate a treatment plant with an annual capacity of c. 30,000 tonnes. The initial approvals are for treating chrysotile asbestos. Our plan, once the demonstration plan has been commissioned, is to work with the agencies to extend the range of asbestos that can be treated using our technology.
Finally, they raised the money needed from professional investors at which point Graham Gould was made Chairman to complete the initial management team. Thermal Recycling is now in a position to change the way that asbestos is treated around the world.