Shanks Group has invested over £2 million in two new Machinex balers, which it says will improve the efficiency of waste-derived fuel production at its Frog Island and Jenkins Lane mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities.
The balers have been installed at the two facilities which are operated as part of a 25-year contract with the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) to process residual waste from the boroughs of Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham.
According to Shanks the MTR-235 two-ram balers will result in an increase in the quality and efficiency of the production of solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse derived fuel (RDF).
Shanks claims that the investment will enable it to service its off-take customers ‘more effectively’ and may also open up new markets for the material.
Replacing old machinery on site, the new balers will help increase SRF and RDF export potential by 100% and will also increase the diversion of waste from landfill to 95%, the company says.
Matthew Williams, managing director of Shanks’ Municipal Division, said: “We are now 14 years into our 25 year contract with ELWA so it is important that we continue to invest in these facilities to ensure we are able to efficiently and effectively manage our customers’ waste.
“The overall strategy for our East London facilities is to maximise diversion of waste from landfill and the production of baled fuel is a crucial part of this. We now look forward to utilising this new machinery to increase the quality and efficiency of the production of our waste-derived fuels.”
Source: letsrecycle.com Waste Managment