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Baler ties up the loose ends of waste-to-SRF strategy

UK waste management firm Premier Waste says it now diverts 98.6% of all material from landfill following an overhaul of its baling equipment.

The Birmingham-based company specialises in collecting and treating waste that cannot be reused or recycled from construction and demolition sites.

Presona baler in place at Premier Waste

Making use of the 200 tonnes of ‘waste’ material which was previously sent to landfill each day, Premier Waste used this and became a supplier of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to the UK’s construction industry. However after this sector took a hit during the economic downturn, the firm sought to become a reliable supplier to the European market and turned to Presona to make this happen.

Mark Jones, Operations Manager at Premier Waste said Presona “understood our requirements” and the fact that “in the UK SRF is supplied loose but in Europe it needs to be baled.”

After discussing requirements, Presona recommended its LP50 EHF2 ‘string tie’ baler to Premier Waste. Capable of handling 24 tonnes per hour and processing SRF, this baler would also be able to tie the SRF bales for the European market

The introduction of the baler resulted in Premier Waste scaling down its operating costs. Indeed, polypropylene twine with a high calorific value is now used to bind the bales in favour of traditional steel twine. This has reduced the cost of these consumables by 70% and, with the pre-press, power consumption is reduced by up to 60% over a standard shear baler

The end users also benefit from the SRF baled in this way. The bales now weigh up to 850kg making them more energy efficient resulting in cost savings for the kiln operator.

“Presona’s baler has had a huge impact on the way we operate. If it was not for this piece of equipment we would not be able to branch out and supply SRF to Europe,” said Mark

“Material previously classed as ‘waste’ has turned out to be a lucrative, additional stream to our business as well as impacting on our green credentials by diverting this material away from landfill.

“None of this would have been possible were it not for the installation of the Presona baler.”

Presona UK will be exhibiting at this year’s RWM event, 15th – 17th September at the NEC Birmingham.Hall/Stand: 5Q42-R43

For more information please visit http://www.rwmexhibition.com/Exhibitor/Presona-UK-Limited-1.

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