Scrapyard clearance

The Furbers Scrapyard site has been successfully completed. All buildings, including the bungalow, sheds, fences and walls have been taken down to ground level or slab level and demolition waste removed from site. Demolition rubble arising from take down of the cottage has been used to infill soft areas of ground adjacent to the cottage. Scrap piles, tyres remaining on site after Lot A clearance, tanks, containers, gas cannisters, fire extinguishers and asbestos containing materials have been removed.

The JCB which was stuck in peat to the north of the bungalow was recovered, gas-axed into smaller pieces which were removed from site.

The bitumen tanker was removed from the wooded area. Wheels and axles were removed but the tanker case itself is approximately half full of tar and remains on site upon concrete surface, since there is no viable off-site disposal route for the material.

Areas of concrete surface have been swept clean and large items of scrap removed from areas of stoned surface in the north of the site.

Residual oil/water mix remaining in the waste-oil catch-pit and sump was pumped out and the resultant void backfilled with demolition rubble. Two other underground tanks (believed to be disused septic tanks, the presence of which were not previously suspected) were located beneath the concrete to the north of the cottage  and in vegetated  ground north-east of the office block. Both voids were filled with concrete rubble.

A drone survey of the main scrapyard site following clearance has been conducted by SWT. Approximate locations of below ground sumps and tanks have been marked on an aerial photograph, along with areas of soft ground in the north of the site.

Fate of materials removed was as follows:

  • Tyres; transported by walking-floor articulated truck for reprocessing. The majority of tyres were sent to Credential plant at Wednesbury, and one load of difficult “Schedule 3” tyres (eg fork-lift truck tyres, old tractor tyres) was processed by Envirotyre at specialist plant at Spalding, Lincolnshire. Old tyres were “contaminated” with dirt and needed to be decontaminated at the plant prior to processing (this incurred an additional charge).
  • Non-hazardous waste (automotive waste, categorised as “frag waste”); waste was transported by walking floor articulated truck to Hafod Landfill, Ruabon (operated by Enovert) for landfilling.
  • Demolition waste: some was mixed in with the non-hazardous waste and removed from site. Rubble arising from demolition of the perimeter wall along Area 3 and bricks from the bungalow were removed by tipper truck (Tim Rutter Haulage) for use (infilling of farm soft-spots) by local farmer (CH Brassington and Son, Creamore, Wem).
  • Metals (non-contaminated); waste metal arising from structural support in buildings, shipping containers and derived from gas-axing activities (eg cutting components of the JCB retrieved from the peat) was stored in skips and removed by a local metals reclamation company. Scrap metal removal and recycling generated a positive income for the project.
  • Asbestos containing materials (ACMs); ACMS were present in roof sheets (eg present on road trailer and ground by bungalow, on roof of cottage and toilet block), in wall panels of buildings and in Artex in ceilings of the bungalow. ACMs were removed by City Environmental and transported by Acumen Waste Services to Ling Hall Landfill at Lawford Heath, operated by Veolia.
  • Hazardous wastes (oil-contaminated scrap, waste oil, vehicle head-lamps, gas cylinders, compressed gas tanks, vehicle fuel tanks,  fire extinguishers etc); materials were removed for processing and disposal by Arrow Environment Hazardous Waste Disposal under management of Chemserve.

In summary, materials removed from site were as follows:

  • Mixed tyres (on- rim and off-rim): 11 loads, 145.92 tonnes;
  • Non-hazardous (automotive) scrap: 28 loads, 654.16 tonnes;
  • Reclaimed metals: 54.92 tonnes (light iron 35 tonnes, heavy iron 10.84 tonnes, skips/containers/tanks 9.08 tonnes);
  • Asbestos containing wastes: 26.78 tonnes;
  • Oil-contaminated scrap: 24 drums;
  • Halogen bulbs/headlamps: 50 drums;
  • Fire extinguishers; 22 number;
  • Gas bottles: 50 number
  • Compressed air tanks: 50 number;
  • LPG vehicle tanks: 63 number;
  • Plastic vehicle fuel tanks: 96 number.

For completeness, during Lot A the following tyres were removed:

  • Car tyres not on rims: 9 loads, 111.92 tonnes;
  • Mixed tyres: 11 loads, 151.08 tonnes.

Therefore, total tyre removal (Lot A plus Lot B):

  • Tyres not on rims:        9 loads, 111.92 tonnes;
  • Mixed tyres on rims: 22 loads, 297.00 tonnes.
  • Total tyres:                 31 loads, 408.92 tonnes.

Thanks to Gary Grantham for supplying us with this report.