A WASTE firm in Bury has developed a ground-breaking device for the water filtration market through a new partnership.

WasteSURE has been working with Portafill on the new innovation.

An adaptation of the latter's 3000ST filtration screen means the Bury outfit can boast that 70 per cent more contaminant is removed and 98 per cent of waste products can be recycled.

An enhanced cleaning regime has been pioneered, for the blast furnace slag and pumice, found in filtration systems, as well as the soil and gravel found in reed beds.

Engineers say that rather than having to remove and replace these materials, water filtration providers can use their adapted machinery to have them cleaned on site.

Bosses at WasteSURE have also outlined how they can reduce the transportation requirements, through installing their new product.

For customers with a 4,000-tonne filter, up to 500 movements would be prevented, they believe, resulting in a saving per project £380,000.

Extensive trials have taken place on site and with a leading water and utilities provider in the Midlands. nd the firm says it is in talks with manufacturers to standardise production of the adapted equipment, so more can be developed in the future.

Mark Dunne, co-founder and managing director of WasteSURE, said: “We’ve been a preferred choice in the removal and supply of new material for water filtration systems for some time; it’s the backbone of our business.

"But it was costing our clients hundreds of thousands of pounds. We knew there had to be a more cost-efficient solution which would also reduce the carbon emissions inflicted on the environment from this process."

"It turned out that there wasn’t an alternative, so we set about creating our own."