Implementation of a sustainable alternative to the disposal of spent foundry sand at landfill

Farhad Nabhani, Martin McKie

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Many SMEs in the United Kingdom are being forced to change the way they
manage and dispose of waste. In part, this change has been due to the
introduction of landfill taxes by the Government, implemented to encourage
companies to look at suitable and sustainable alternatives. This paper
examines the application of key performance indicators (KPI) to monitor an
SME's spent foundry sand (SFS) disposal over a one-year period. Monitoring
the KPI initiated a company investigation to reduce SFS disposal to landfill
and promote its beneficial reuse. Several alternative methods for SFS
reuse were examined and a successful partnership was established with a
asphalt producer after it was established that SFS could be substituted for
vggin sand in asphalt manufacture. In addition to providing cost savings, for
both partners, the partnership enabled SFS to be beneficially reused with a
potential extension of its useful working life to about 60 years
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
JournalFoundry Trade Journal
Issue number3675
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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