Case Study - Client in the Rubber processing industry
Client Profile
Part of an international group of companies, this European based rubber processing company has over 20 years experience in the industry. It employs over 200 personnel with annual sales in excess of Euro 25million.
Initial Contact
M&R was approached by the manufacturer via the website and requested that it undertake an audit to establish if it could solve their current waste disposal problem.
Needs Analysis
M&R has an established methodology to develop the most effective solution for its clients and this was followed in this instance.

The first key stage was to carry out a site audit. This established that the paper in the manufacturing process, used as a carrier membrane to prevent the liquefied rubber from sticking to the primary rollers, was being rewound into large rolls after performing its function. These rolls were then lifted off their support mechanism and channelled towards an open top 35 cubic yard waste disposal skip.

At considerable cost to the client all rolls were being sent for landfill.

M&R, through its partnership network established that a high proportion of the rolls entering the skips, although unsuitable for pulping, could be reused in several bag manufacturing processes in Asian markets.

The next phase, covering a 2 week period, involved taking 14 randomly selected rolls from each production line for quality analysis. This process enabled M&R to determine the approximate quantity of rolls that could potentially be sold for re-use.

Furthermore M&R investigated whether the rolls could be unwound, established levels of rubber contamination and the proportion of creasing within the paper.

Finally, samples of all grades were sent to 2 different countries so that M&R customers could evaluate the materials and provide feedback. This feedback allowed M&R to identify the percentage of useable rolls which could be separated out and sold.
Proposed Solution
A comprehensive review of the needs analysis enabled M&R to conclude that up to 98% of the rolls that were currently being disposed of at a significant cost to the client, could be recycled and sold at a profit.

It was proposed that once the rolls had been lifted off the support mechanism, they would be placed on pallets and secured with strapping. Once 2 rolls were positioned on each pallet, the gross and net weight were written externally and they would be removed and placed into a storage area, awaiting collection by M&R Recycling.

M&R assumed total responsibility for the process thereafter making all the necessary transport/shipping arrangements.
Client Benefits
The client has seen a marked reduction in landfill and processing costs combined with an increase in profitability. Rather than having to manage an expensive problem the client now enjoys a revenue stream that has increased profitability by over Euro 18,000 per annum.

In the current climate of heightened environmental responsibility the Company believes it has an improved culture towards Environmental issues and this positive approach has resulted in the raising of staff moral.
Future Benefits
As costs of waste disposal increase M&R is working with the client to increase the proportion of its material that can be recycled so further reducing costs and generating additional revenue.
M&R Recycling Ltd - Reducing Landfill , Increasing Profit