Looking to handle anything

Sandvik Construction explains how mobile crushing and screening equipment is helping facilitate the “total soltions provider” ambitions of one waste management company in the North West of England.


BOLTON based Booth Venture’s is striving for a place in the premier league of waste management companies. In 2012 the company won an award at the British Ceramic Confederation’s annual awards. Now it is offering a total solutions package for customers, and relies on mobile screening and crushing equipment from Sandvik.

Matthew Booth, the MD of Booth Ventures, offers his take on the company’s success: “We place an emphasis on efficiency, and we take pride in providing a professional, cost-effective service from start to finish.” This service ensures that customers enjoy expert guidance on how to dispose of many different types of waste, being advised on the relevant procedures. Chemical testing is also provided. “Staff on site have been trained to recognise the importance of a quick response to customer enquiries. For example, our review of chemical data prior to acceptance is usually completed within 24 hours – and often on the same day – of the initial enquiry”, he added.
As a business Booth Ventures now operates as four separate divisions: Waste Disposal, Site Regeneration, Aggregate Sales, and Consultancy. The Site Regeneration division is equipped to take on a wide range of remediation projects, including the clean-up of contaminated land, landfill restoration, golf course reprofiling, land-raising and reprofiling for construction. Typically these are carried out with Environmental Permits. The company also undertakes a wide variety of asset management tasks, which can range from machinery decommissioning and demolition projects, to site clearances and infrastructure maintenance. Additionally, and depending upon circumstances, Booth Ventures acquires contaminated land or sites previously used by industry.
The company operates five sites, including a waste treatment, recovery and disposal business. All operations are run from Harwood Quarry in Bolton, which is also permitted to accept both inert and non-hazardous wastes for disposal. The site covers more than 50 acres and is located just 3 miles outside Bolton, and is used by everyone from house builders to remediation businesses, and haulage ‘muck shift’ operators. Additionally Harwood Quarry extracts blue shale, but also stocks a variety of virgin and recycled products ranging from pipe beddings, 6F2, bulk fill and rockery / walling stone. Fine-screened ash is also available from the site for use in agricultural applications and in block making.


Supplying aggregates
An increasingly important side of the business for Booth Ventures is the supply of a range of both virgin and recycled aggregates to businesses and the public. These range from top shale stone ranging from 0-50mm, as well as 6F1 stone, 6F2 stone and brick shale; whilst recycled aggregates cover a broad spectrum ranging from 0-10mm, 0-40mm recycled and 6F2 recycled. In addition various other aggregates are available including a 0-4mm clean brick product, bulk fill material, rough walling stone, fine screened ash, and top soil amongst others. All of these products are usually available to backload either from Harwood or Mouselow Quarry (which is located in Glossop) or by arrangement can be delivered throughout the northwest, with many products having proved particularly suitable for engineering and site remediation purposes.
In order to process, size and supply the materials a crushing and screening solution was required. What was needed was something not only mobile but easily transportable from site to site. Booth Ventures settled on an S5 screener (now a QA340) and QJ341 jaw crusher supplied by Sandvik Construction. “Equipment flexibility is essential for our business, so the screens and crusher’s ability to function equally effectively at a recycling centre, or a quarry, is vitally important to us,” says Matthew Booth. “What stood out about the QJ341 is not only that the crusher is highly productive, but it is so flexible that one minute we can use it to crush virgin rock, and the next demolition rubble which is full of rebar, bricks and reusable concrete.” The QJ341 is used in conjunction with the S5, a three way split screener which uses Sandvik’s patented double screen box technology to deliver highly accurately sized materials at truly exceptional rates of throughput. Furthermore, and continuing the relationship with Sandvik Construction, Booth Ventures have recently acquired two QE341 scalpers / screens.
The QE341 has been a fixture in the mobile scalper market for over 10 years. It is a major development of the pre-existing QE340, offering users a more refined unit that is more robust and with higher throughput. The QE341 has also been developed with easier setup, operation and maintenance in mind, and features a robust crusher-style chassis that has been designed to fit two-way or three-way split configurations, along with reversible side conveyors, thereby demonstrating the ultimate flexibility of the unit.
One of the major upgrades appearing in the QE341 is the new electrical control system which incorporates a number of features to improve both operational effectiveness and safety. Colour-coded numerical push buttons sit alongside a visual display unit, letting the operator fully monitor the process. Prestart warnings on all plant functions, and an auto start / stop facility, are included together with a three mode selector function: set-up, operation and tracking. It is arranged to ensure that safety, as well as ease of operation, are paramount at all times. These new features, which proved to be particularly attractive to Booth Ventures, are aimed at ensuring the QE341 is now as user and environmentally-focused as it is productive, efficient and versatile.
Booth Ventures service portfolio also includes a waste management consultancy service, assisting people with a wide range of issues, including testing and characterisation site investigation, in addition to waste management and commercial processes. These broad headings cover such essential activities as chemical testing for disposal of waste by landfill, compliance testing, geotechnical testing of aggregates, risk / environmental assessments, site investigation, feasibility studies, liability assessments and so on. In fact, anything you would require assistance with when dealing with waste or contaminated land.
The company says it is making good on its promise to provide customers with a total solutions package catering for virtually any requirement in waste management. The Sandvik crushing and screening plant is playing its part in this undertaking, turning what would traditionally be seen as throw-away materials into valuable products for reuse and resale.