The VCU was introduced to the UK at the start
of the decade in response to the need to find viable alternatives
to the land filling of organic waste.
The technology was demonstrated at the Parkwood
Group’s Sheffield site. The benefits of the robust modular
design were quickly recognized, and Bromley Council became
the first UK local authority to adopt VCU technology at one
of their civic amenity sites. Many other local authorities
have since followed suit.
The ability of the VCU to help meet the UK’s
organic waste recycling goals has resulted in over 30 installations
at municipal and privately owned commercial sites.
Often as pioneers of new applications and
industry standards, VCU Europa’s successes have included
Cranberry Composting in Lincs, the first site to achieve ABPR
accreditation. Fairfield Material Handling (New Smithfield
Market) in Manchester was the first VCU operator to achieve
PAS100 for their product, producing compost from fruit and
vegetable waste. Marine Harvest in Co Donegal Ireland was
one of the pioneers for the composting of fish waste.
The company expanded into mainland Europe
where VCUs now operate in Spain, Finland and Ireland. Elsewhere
the market continued to grow. Halton Recycling in Canada installed
a 20 chamber plant in 2005, the largest VCU in the world,
handling the organic faction from a methaniser MBT facility.