A Leicestershire commercial vehicle service and repair business has seen an 80% cost reduction in the disposal of used oil filters thanks to the product supplied by a Shropshire company.

Established in 1990 and covering the Leicester and East Midlands area, Hinckley-based Truck Services (90) previously disposed of the old oil filters using a monthly skip collection, where none of them were recycled; then – subsequent to new waste disposal legislation – via a recycling company.

Seeking a way to reduce the storage space required between collections, Truck Services (90) MD Stuart Klenk’s online search found the Ag-mac OFC10 oil filter crushing machine provided by Agritel Ltd, the Oswestry company which also supplies industrial packaging materials to businesses throughout the UK.

Klenk believes the OFC10 will pay for itself within two years.  He said: “We can now fit 400 crushed oil filters in a storage bin, whereas previously it would only take 65 uncrushed.  Consequently, the recycling company now only charges us £38 per month for a two-bin load, as opposed to twelve bins or one skip at £235.  As well as the cost savings, there are other benefits. There is more space in the workshop and it’s tidier, and the oil recovered from the filters using the OFC10 can also be recycled, which adds to our good feeling of doing something for the planet!”

John Duffus, MD at Agritel, said: “Prior to recent legislation concerning the disposal of waste materials, thousands of old oil filters were simply dumped in skips.  It’s encouraging to think that with the help of a small machine, high numbers are being recycled in an efficient and cost-effective manner as well as the oil being re-used, for example in heating apparatus such as waste oil burners.”