Meeting Sustainability Goals: How Gradeall Products Help UK Councils Achieve Ambitious Recycling Targets

By:     Kieran Donnelly

The declaration of a climate emergency by over 300 councils in the United Kingdom is a significant step in acknowledging and responding to the global crisis of climate change. This movement highlights the role of local governments in spearheading efforts to combat environmental challenges. Here’s a deeper look into this development:

Context and Implications

  1. Acknowledgment of the Crisis: The fact that more than 300 councils have declared a climate emergency reflects a widespread recognition of the urgent need to address climate change. This is a clear acknowledgment that climate change poses a serious threat to our environment, economy, and society.
  2. Developing Action Plans: These declarations are not just symbolic. The councils are actively developing climate change action plans. These plans likely encompass strategies to reduce carbon emissions through various means, such as promoting renewable energy, improving public transportation, increasing energy efficiency, and implementing sustainable land use policies.
  3. Alignment with National Targets: The action by these councils is in line with the UK government’s ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Net zero means balancing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere with an equivalent amount removed. This target requires significant changes in energy, transportation, and building infrastructures, among others.

The Importance of a Low Carbon Business Base

Attracting and nurturing a thriving low carbon business base is crucial for achieving these sustainability goals. Not only does it contribute to the transition toward net zero emissions, but it also brings several additional benefits:

  1. Job Creation: The local green jobs report estimates that the UK could create 700,000 green jobs within the next decade and an additional 488,000 jobs by 2050.
  2. Strengthening the Local Economy: A robust low carbon business sector contributes to economic growth and resilience. By supporting local businesses, councils can foster innovation, create skilled employment opportunities, and enhance the overall economic landscape.

Strategies for Councils

To effectively promote green growth and align with net zero ambitions, councils can adopt the following strategies:

  1. Prioritise Low Carbon Growth: Councils should ensure that low carbon growth is a central focus within their climate action plans. Commitment to a low carbon supply chain is essential for delivering on net zero commitments.
  2. Embed Net Zero Commitments: Net zero targets should be integrated into wider council strategies. By aligning all available levers, councils can support low carbon growth across various sectors.
  3. Assess Local Strengths and Weaknesses: Measuring and monitoring the local supply chain’s scope and capabilities is crucial. Identifying weaknesses and opportunities will guide future sector support.
  4. Demonstrate Leadership: Councils can use their local leadership to signal demand for low carbon products and services. Building market confidence encourages businesses to invest in sustainable practices.
  5. Stimulate Demand: With significant purchasing power, councils can drive demand for low carbon products and services. Public sector investment can benefit local businesses and accelerate the transition to a greener economy.

What equipment has Gradeall provided for Councils?

Magherafelt Recycling Centre – Mid Ulster Council

  • They installed 5 of Gradeall’s G120 compactors and 2 G140 pre-crush compactors.
  • This was part of a big investment of £1.7 million to improve how they handle waste.

Sullatober Household Recycling Centre – Mid and East Antrim

  • They spent £1 million in 2022 to make the recycling centre twice as big.
  • The goal is to keep over 1,000 tonnes of waste out of landfills each year.

Larne Redlands Site

  • Two G120 compactors were put in here, and they have a special platform so people can easily get rid of their garden waste.
  • These were set up in October 2017.


  • Gradeall supplied a G140 compactor with a special walk-on area for loading waste in February 2019.
  • This shows how they make machines that fit what different sites need.


The Gradeall G140 static waste compactor is a robust and efficient solution designed for entities like large businesses and councils that handle extremely high volumes of waste. Let’s explore the features and advantages of this specific model:

Key Features of the Gradeall G140 Static Waste Compactor

  • High-Volume Waste Management: The G140 is engineered to manage very high volumes of waste, making it ideal for large-scale operations. Its design caters specifically to the needs of users who have substantial waste compaction requirements.
  • Durability and Reliability: Constructed to be both durable and reliable, the G140 is designed to withstand continuous, heavy-duty use. This is essential for large businesses and councils that cannot afford frequent downtime or equipment failures.
  • Safety Oriented: Safety is a critical consideration, especially when dealing with large machinery and high waste volumes. The G140 includes safety features that ensure the protection of operators and anyone else interacting with the compactor.

Advantages for Large Businesses and Councils

  • Efficient Compaction: The G140’s capability to handle very high volumes of waste makes it a highly efficient tool for waste management. By compacting waste, it reduces its volume significantly, facilitating easier and more cost-effective disposal.
  • Environmental Benefits: Compacting waste not only saves space in landfills but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with waste transportation. The G140 contributes to the sustainability efforts of large organisations by making their waste management more environmentally friendly.
  • Cost Savings: By reducing waste volume, the G140 can lower the frequency and cost of waste collection and transportation. For entities managing large volumes of waste, these savings can be substantial over time.
  • Versatility in Waste Handling: The G140 is capable of compacting various types of waste materials, adding to its utility in diverse waste management scenarios. This versatility is particularly beneficial for large organisations and councils that deal with a range of waste types.

The Gradeall G140 static waste compactor is a key asset for large businesses and councils dealing with very high volumes of waste. Its combination of efficiency, durability, safety, and versatility makes it an ideal choice for demanding waste management tasks. By streamlining the waste compaction process and contributing to both cost savings and environmental sustainability, the G140 plays a crucial role in the waste management strategies of large-scale operations.

Lisburn, The Cutts Amenity Site

  • Four G120 compactors were delivered here in August 2019.
  • They come with extended areas for loading waste, making them fit well with the site.


The Gradeall G120 Static Waste Compactor is an essential piece of equipment designed to meet the high-volume waste management needs of large businesses and councils. Let’s delve into its features and benefits

Key Features of the Gradeall G120 Static Waste Compactor

  • Designed for High Volume Compacting: The G120 is specifically built to handle large amounts of waste. Its capacity and design make it suitable for environments where waste is generated in significant quantities, such as in commercial settings or municipal waste management facilities.
  • Robust and Reliable Construction: The G120 is constructed to be sturdy and reliable, ensuring that it can withstand the demands of heavy and continuous use. This durability is crucial for users who need a machine that operates efficiently under constant, high-volume use.
  • Safety Features: Given the large-scale operation of the G120, it incorporates safety features that make it secure for operators and others around it. Safety is a critical aspect, especially when dealing with high volumes of waste and large machinery.

Advantages for Large Businesses and Councils

  • Efficient Waste Management: For large businesses and councils, managing waste efficiently is a significant concern. The G120 offers a solution that not only compacts waste effectively but also helps in reducing the volume of waste, making its disposal more manageable and cost-effective.
  • Environmental Impact: By compacting and reducing the volume of waste, the G120 contributes to lessening the environmental impact. Less space used in landfills and reduced transportation requirements are direct benefits, aligning with environmental sustainability goals.
  • Cost-Effective Operation: The reduction in waste volume can lead to decreased costs in waste transportation and disposal. For councils and large businesses, this cost efficiency is essential for maintaining budget-friendly operations.
  • Versatility: The G120 can handle various types of waste materials, making it a versatile addition to waste management systems. This flexibility is beneficial for entities that deal with diverse waste streams.

The Gradeall G120 Static Waste Compactor stands as a robust, efficient, and safe solution for high-volume waste compaction needs. Its reliability and effectiveness make it a valuable asset for large businesses and councils, helping them achieve their waste management objectives while also contributing positively to environmental sustainability efforts. The G120’s ability to reduce waste volume significantly aids in cost-saving and ensures a more efficient and environmentally friendly approach to waste management.

How Gradeall Helps Councils

  • Working Together: Gradeall doesn’t just sell machines; they work with councils to figure out what kind of waste equipment they need. This means they look at how much waste the council has to deal with and pick the best machines for the job.
  • Tailored Solutions: They make sure that the machines they provide are just right for what each council needs.

Technology and Service

  • Smart Monitoring System: Gradeall’s compactors have a system called Intelli-fill. This tech tells them if there’s a problem with a machine and can do some checks from a distance. This helps keep the machines running smoothly.
  • Maintenance Support: They have a team that looks after these machines all over the UK, offering service and help to keep everything working well.

As UK councils strive to meet their ambitious recycling and sustainability targets, Gradeall products play a vital role. By supporting local businesses and promoting a low carbon business base, councils contribute to a greener future for their communities.

Remember, achieving net zero emissions requires collective effort, and every action counts. Let’s work together to build a more sustainable and resilient world.

A bale of assorted textiles, tightly packed and wrapped, produced by a Gradeall clothes baler

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