A RECYCLING and renewable energy company is to spend £1million on top of £1.3m invested in equipment in the past year.

Eco Sustainable Solutions, based at Parley, describes itself as a pioneer in the industry.

It processes more than 300,000 tonnes of material each year across four facilities in Dorset. Its work includes generating heat and electricity and producing landscaping products such as topsoil, compost and woodchips.

It employs more than 40 people at its 32-acre site in Parley, which has grown substantially since it was founded in 1994.

Commercial director Peter Hardy said: “Our business has grown rapidly because we identify trends and invest in order to take advantage.

“Our model is simple and involves taking waste then recycling and re-using it. Just 0.5 per cent of everything we take in goes to landfill. We find a use for everything else.

“This commitment necessarily involves acquiring the latest technology and machinery and also enough of it to cope with the ever-growing workload.

“Through this latest investment we can offer a better and quicker service, process more materials and continue to grow.

“We have a busy site next to the airport and with the increasing adoption of recycling and green policies by government and business we expect to get busier.”

The company’s new equipment includes a £600,000 Untha Wood Shredder, two soil screen machines costing £500,000, a £160,000 loading shovel and an Agri forklift at £70,000.

By the end of the year it will have spent another £1m on expanding and improving its wood recycling operation.

Eco says its operations last year prevented 74,780 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from being emitted into the atmosphere.

This was a direct result of recycling and recovery of more than 250,000 tonnes of organic waste, and the generation of electricity from our renewable energy sources.

Across all its recycling and energy operations, Eco produced 3,200 tonnes of CO2e.