A BARNSLEY manufacturer has developed a pioneering plastic wire which could save the waste industry millions of pounds.

D R Baling, which is the UK’s biggest wire manufacturer, has invested in buying new machinery and developing the new wire, trademarked as Plasloc.

It can be used to tie up waste for transport to incinerators, can be safely burned.

Each month D R Baling makes about 15,000 miles of steel wire at its plant at Oxspring, near Penistone, which is used by the recycling industry to tie together bales of cardboard, paper or plastics.

Managing Director Peter Robinson said: "At the moment waste firms are baling unrecyclable waste with steel wire and plastic wrapping. But when that gets to the incinerators in Holland that has to come off before the bales can be burned and that is a really messy and expensive job.

“This plastic wire means the bale can just be burned whole and that could save the waste industry literally millions a year.”

D R Baling is being given free marketing advice by Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council.

Paul Tinsley, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “It’s fantastic to think that a ground-breaking invention is being developed here in Barnsley."