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Space is one of the biggest issues facing the recycling and waste sector

By 15 March 2018April 24th, 2018Warehousing, Industrial, Canopies

Space is one of the biggest issues facing the recycling and waste sector

Temporary Buildings Have It Covered

With Coca-Cola pledging to recycle a bottle or can for every one sold by the company – as part of the World Without Waste initiative – recycling is creating front-page news.  At the same time, China has banned the import of plastic waste, a move that will impact on economies like the UK which have got used to shipping waste overseas.

These headlines are only the most visible signs of significant growth in recycling, and proof that there’s more pressure than ever on UK recycling plants.  As a result, creating space will be one of the biggest issues facing the recycling industry.  There’s a risk of yards quickly filling up with waste, meaning that an efficient approach to unloading and sorting will be crucial.

A Semi-Permanent Solution

Spaciotempo has the ideal solution with temporary buildings, that can save time and cost, with little disruption. Despite the name, these aren’t flimsy, marquee-style structures, but robust, semi-permanent buildings that will easily withstand the harsh environments of waste processing.

Anodised aluminium frames and galvanized steel fixings deliver strength and solidity, while a range of walling and roofing options means site owners and operators can choose a style to suit specific usage.  Ideally, your provider of temporary structures includes a site survey as standard; by checking every detail of the project, they can recommend the best solution.

Temporary structures can be erected quicker than permanent buildings.  Reputable providers will use their own specialist installation teams and work with site managers to minimise disruption.

Another key benefit of temporary buildings is flexibility of ownership, as these can be hired for as little as three months up to an indefinite period.  For longer-term requirements, it may be more economic to buy a temporary building outright.

 What to Consider

For recycling and waste processing plants, there are several key things to consider when specifying a temporary structure.

Most importantly, is access for trucks to load and unload.  Temporary buildings can have eave heights of up to 8m height, with wide-width doors, leaving plenty of room for this purpose.  The use of a canopy can provide further protection from wind, rain and snow at the entrance to the building.  Given the high volume of traffic entering a recycling facility, a speed door is perfect – although don’t forget to allow space for a smaller pedestrian door so that staff can easily access the building and keep out of harm’s way.

What kind of walling or roofing do you need?  For walling, single-skin steel cladding is suitable for most recycling and waste applications, although more insulated options are available.  Likewise, where temperature control isn’t a factor, a single skin PVC roof is ideal.  These are typically provided in white, enabling plenty of light into the building.  If a temporary building is required for office or workshop usage, a thermo insulated roof is a great option, as it reduces heat loss or gain to achieve a stable, temperature-controlled environment for staff.

Don’t forget that you will need planning permission, even for a temporary building, but all reputable providers will be able to assist with the planning application as part of their project management.

 Finding the Right Supplier

Always work with a reputable supplier who can project manage the design, delivery and installation of the temporary building.  The first thing to check is whether they offer a site survey.  This is a critical consideration, as it is the survey which forms the basis of the quote.  A reputable provider will always check the conditions on site so that they can recommend the best possible solution for the job.

Minimising disruption to your day-to-day process is also vital.  A reputable supplier will discuss these arrangements in advance and build an installation schedule that fits around your routine.  Sometimes, this might require night or weekend work, or a phased operation.

For those looking to buy, it’s important to get a reliable structural warranty.  Check what is covered – for a temporary building, this should include walling, roof & gable, and the structural frame.  It’s also worth asking what financial packages a supplier can offer.

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