CDE Helps J.A. Jackson Create Sustainable Future
CDE, experts in wet processing, has collaborated with J.A. Jackson, a member of the Fox Group, on their third major project. The project aims to generate over 10,000 tonnes of washed material weekly.
J.A. Jackson, founded in 1967, is a supplier of building materials, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates. They also offer skip hire and haulage services. Their sites in Preston, Leyland, and Lancaster provide quarried and recycled aggregates. Due to an increase in demand for their products, the company requires more material recovery.
Since 2010, J.A. Jackson, a family-run business, has been partnering with CDE. Their first wash plant, installed at the company's 90-acre site in Fullwood, processed between 80-120 tonnes/h. The capacity was gradually upgraded to 150 tonnes/h.
J.A. Jackson's trust in CDE's expertise, developed over their long-standing partnership, led them to collaborate again to design a solution that could meet current market demands by increasing the processing capacity.
David Scott, health, safety and operations manager at J.A. Jackson, said: "There are several reasons why we’re continuing our partnership with CDE. First is that we’ve always delivered a solution to suit business needs and received great support from the local team to ensure the smooth operation and development of our plant.
"When we bought the plant in 2010, we were told to expect a 10-year life span. The plant has already outlasted that at 13 years, so we know CDE’s solution is designed to last. Some of the team commissioning our new plant had worked on the first one in 2010, and we were really reassured working with a team that we knew understood our site."
Sustainability is at the heart of J.A. Jackson's decision-making process. They have noticed a rise in demand for recycled aggregates over virgin limestone materials in recent years.
Mr Scott commented: "Five or six years ago, recycled aggregates were considered second rate. Customers would prefer to pay an extra £2 per tonne to use virgin limestone materials. That landscape has completely changed, and now we have a large demand for our recycled materials.
Our single-size aggregates and sand have proven to be very popular. We also produce a recycled Type 1 MOT from the clean oversize from the wash plant, giving a higher-quality product when compared with dry processing. We are confident in the quality of our recycled products, and trials have shown the quality to be equal to virgin materials."
"We have been able to retain the main feed conveyor and aggregate processing section with the additional plant. CDE was able to design a plant to seamlessly integrate the elements we could keep from the original plant, which is a much more sustainable solution for us and a large part of the reason for working with them again."
To meet rising demand and adapt to the evolving market, CDE has developed a solution capable of processing over 200 tonnes per hour, a significant increase from the existing plant's 120 tonnes per hour. As a result, the upgraded plant can wash over 10,000 tonnes of material per week.
The new 200 tonnes per hour solution incorporates an EvoWash sand wash plant, AquaCycle A600 thickener, and a screen, with an additional R4500 primary scalping screen added once the upgraded solution is operational.
The plant can produce six final products, including two types of sand (0-2mm and 0-4mm) and four aggregates (10mm, 10-20mm, 20-40mm, and oversize), as well as filter cake. With this new plant, 85% of the feed material is repurposed within the local construction industry, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The J.A. Jackson facility is fortunate to have a wealth of feed material available from the local area, much of which is transported by the Fox Group's fleet of 400 tipper wagons. The material is processed through the wash plant, graded, and washed in just three minutes, and the wagons depart with washed sand and aggregates. This not only diverts material from landfills but also reduces the number of empty transport runs.
J.A. Jackson is located just 45 minutes from local stone quarries in Cumbria. By increasing their capacity, they are helping to further reduce the carbon footprint of material movements by providing a local source of aggregates for the construction sector.
David Kinloch, director of business development at CDE, said: "It’s been a pleasure working with J.A. Jackson over the years to build a solution that aligns with their sustainability goals. Plants like this are the future of the industry and a testament to J.A. Jackson’s passion for diverting waste from landfill.
We have many customers across the UK, and we were able to take J.A. Jackson to visit several of our cutting-edge plants to showcase our technologies and make sure we found a solution that suited them. We were delighted to work on their most recent journey, providing them with an innovative solution to play their part in creating a circular economy."
"At CDE, we are committed to delivering quality products which stand the test of time. We were proud to be able to upgrade this 13-year-old plant and deliver the lowest total cost of ownership in the wet processing market."
David Scott added: "Now that we’ve increased the size of the plant, we’re able to process more material, which allows us to work in partnership with large construction firms. This, in turn, diverts more waste from landfill and ultimately is helping promote sustainability in our local economy.
"CDE has delivered what we set out to achieve, and we’ve developed a very positive working relationship over the years. From the design process through to commissioning and after-sales support, we have a great ongoing relationship with CDE and have regular visits from our local customer relationship manager, who has been a great asset to ensure the smooth operation and development of our plant."