Island leading UK out of hot water
The Isle of Wight-based plant hire, skip and recycling firm Reynolds and Read has installed a revolutionary boiler at its new premises in Brickfields, Ryde.
As the first of its kind in the UK, the boiler heats 10,000 litres of water in under two hours but is also an environmentally friendly money saver.
Reynolds and Read end each week with around four to five tonnes of scrap wood which, up until recently, was ending up in landfill. The firm now uses that wood as fuel for the boiler, meaning 80 per cent of its scrap is recycled, saving upwards of £500 a week on disposal costs alone.
The self-feeding boiler was installed by another Island firm, environmental consultants Pure Green Energy, which secured the contract against national competition.
PGE chairman, Danny Fisher, said: “I think this is great example of the Island being first in the country to push eco energy. I take my hat off to Reynolds and Read for having the willpower and resources to make this happen. It’s turning waste into warmth. We think it’s a very powerful message, not just for the Island, but it’s the Island leading this particular industry nationally.”
Reynolds and Read director, Kieron Read, said it was a sizeable investment for both the company and the Island. Solar panels have already been installed to power the office while future plans include underfloor heating and rainwater recovery systems.