TW Services, waste storage and recycling company, of Sandwich in Kent, one of southern England’s largest waste service companies, has recently doubled its waste storage with the opening of a new 10 acre facility where all the bays have been constructed using nearly 500 3 m high Alfablocs supplied by retaining wall specialist Poundfield Precast of Ipswich.
Family owned TW Services, which now has the capacity to handle up to 750,000 tonne of waste recycling per annum, first used the reinforced concrete Alfablocs in 2003 and found them easy to install, highly versatile and robust. The company now has some 1200 in place with the original units still in constant use to segregate a full spectrum of both inert and hazardous waste streams.
Commenting on the association with Poundfield, TW Services’ managing director Spencer Ray said: “When we first used Alfablocs we immediately realised they suited our requirements perfectly and over the years we have used them for more and more applications from storing lightweight recycled products to un-processed concrete. They have really stood the test of time in the harshest of environments and so they were once again our preferred solution when we set out to build our new facility.”
Poundfield’s Alfabloc retaining wall system is designed to be freestanding in most cases and are available in heights from 1.22 to 6 m. The individual units are bolted together using galvanised metal plates which help spread horizontal loads and prevent material transfer when loaded on both sides.