HPR invests in new bunker walls for added safety

Huhtamaki Paper Recycling is at the hub of the fast-growing paper recycling sector in the UK and Ireland. We are dedicated to optimising the value of waste paper, cardboard and LDPE plastic. HPR engages with local councils, government departments, banks and big business right down to one-man operations, providing the widest range of paper recycling and disposal options.

Huhtamaki’s site at Ravernet has a 55 year track record as a centre-of excellence converning paper recycling. Ongoing investment, in both people and facilities, has been a hallmark of the operation throughout this period.

Investing in the highest standards of health and safety has always been a priority for the business. As a result of recent legislation enacted, HPR needed to provide better segregation within the stock yard.

After a lot of investigation and assessment, it was agreed that a series of precast bunker walls would meet our requirements in the most feasible way.

The bunker walling systems are totally flexible. Their specification can be changed very easily and quickly. Moreover, they were installed very quickly which was really important to minimise impact on our operations.

The contract to manufacture and supply the bunker walls was awarded to Ballymena precast business Moore Concrete and a total of 74 units were ordered.

The impact of the bunker walls is primarily to act as fire breaks within the stock yard. If any single section were to catch fire, it should be contained to that section alone. But as a secondary feature, the walls have allowed for greater structure within the yard and ensures that material remains clearly delineated which reduces the chance of cross-contamination of grades etc. The installation of the new walling system has dramatically improved the general layout and functionality of the stock yard and that's making life safer and much easier for everyone.

The photo to the right shows Kevin McLaughlin (Deputy Business Manager, HPR), Richard Whiteside (Moore Concrete) together with Corin Goodall (General Manager, HPR).