6 February 2018 by Joshua Doherty

Equipment news round-up (06/02/2018)

With news on: UNTHA helps plant to process 6250 tonnes in three months; BHS to Build Advanced Recycling System in South Carolina; Smurfit Kappa continues Mexico investment.

UNTHA helps plant to process 6250 tonnes in three months

The UNTHA XR3000C has been supplied inclusive of a service and maintenance package

Fortress Recycling and Resource Management has announced that its dry mixed recyclables plant in Warwickshire has processed 6250 tonnes of waste in its first three months.

An UNTHA XR3000C shredder, which is currently configured to process 9 tonnes of DMR an hour, is at the front-end of the processing line at the plant. UNTHA says it is capable of processing 30 tonnes an hour with the flexibility to shred different input material.

Fortress managing director David Pass said: “We knew a shredder would sit at the front end of the solution, for example, so talks with UNTHA began in the summer of 2016. We actually trialled the mobile version of the XR3000C when it embarked on its UK roadshow later that year, before placing an order in January 2017.”

Once shredded, the material is fed via conveyor into an 80m³ dosing bunker, before being passed into a Hartner Ballistic Separator which segregates 2D and 3D material, as well as <50mm files. Ferrous metals are extracted at this stage and deposited in one of the seven moving floor bunkers in the plant.

BHS to Build Advanced Recycling System in South Carolina

US-based RePower South (RPS) has begun construction of a recycling and recovery facility, which it says will be the most advanced mixed waste processing facility on the East Coast of America.

RPS has begun construction of the Berkeley County Recycling and Recovery Facility in the US

The turnkey recovery system will be provided by Bulk Handling Systems under an engineering procurement and construction agreement with Barnhill Contracting Company.

Production is set to begin in 2019 and will process 50 tonnes-per-hour of mixed waste sourced from Berkeley County to recover recycled commodities and a fuel feedstock.

Technology including NRT optical sorters and Max-AI Autonomous QCs will enable the system to run with minimal manual sorters.

RPS facility say the facility is designed to maximise value from the county’s mixed waste stream by recovering all recyclables rather than only those placed in a recycling bin in wake of China’s National Sword policy.

Speaking about the facility, RPS president Bob Shepard said that the plant is a “critical component” of cost effective waste management. He said: “This system allows us to cost effectively increase a community’s recycling as well as produce a low carbon, clean fuel from waste that is typically landfilled.”

Smurfit Kappa continues Mexico investment

Global packaging company Smurfit Kappa has continued its investment in Mexico by building an advanced new paper machine (PM6).

The machine will produce recycled containerboard with the aim of “responsibly supplying paper for the sustainable manufacture of board and packaging”.

The machine will produce recycled containerboard

It began operating at the Los Reyes Paper Mill site in the State of Mexico last month.

Operating in Mexico for more than 40 years, Smurfit Kappa has also recently invested in a modernisation project for converting plants which, along with the new PM6, which the company says significantly increases customer capabilities.

Commenting on the new machine, Jorge Alberto Angel, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Mexico said that it shows the company has “long been committed” to best practises in responsibly supplying paper for the sustainable manufacture of board and packaging. He said: “We are proud to start operating yet another state-of-the-art paper machine in Mexico, further contributing to sustainable development and growth in the country.”

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