Secanim Ltd is part of the Saria Group, and specialises in the safe treatment and disposal of Category 1 Animal By-Products. The company is based in Widnes, Cheshire, UK, and has other operations in Wrexham, Rampisham and Exeter, providing a full service to farmers and businesses across the UK. The company was previously known as Granox Ltd, and was formed in 1948.
Secanim Ltd uses an innovative incineration process to produce a sustainable phosphate fertiliser as part of the closed loop recycling process. Category 1 Animal By-Products must be treated to strict standards laid down by European legislation, and the derived material, Meat and Bone Meal, produced by this treatment must then be disposed of via incineration. The plant at Widnes features two incinerators, and these safely incinerate the Category 1-derived material, producing a waste ash. Since 2014, this ash has benefitted from an End of Waste Position granted by the Environment Agency, and is now marketed as KalFos, a slow release, low cadmium calcium phosphate and trace element fertiliser. This is an integral part of the business and provides a sustainable, renewable alternative to landfilling, displacing the use of phosphate rock-derived fertilisers. KalFos is sold across the UK and Europe either as a standalone fertiliser, or as a material for blending with other fertilising products to produce multi-nutrient blends.
The incineration process also produces renewable heat and electricity. Electricity is supplied to the National Grid, and steam generated is used on site in the rendering process. As part of the incineration process, waste liquids are used to control the calorific value of the MBM and provide a safe recycling route for traditionally “hard to handle” wastes that cannot go to anaerobic digestion or water treatment works.