Shredder assists recycling boost

UNTHA shredder

Oxfordshire-based M&M Waste Solutions says it will boost its recycling recovery rates in 2019, thanks to the installation of a new UNTHA shredder. The UNTHA RS100 can process the variety of materials generated from M&M’s Materials Recycling Facility and Waste Transfer Station. Oversized material from the plant is size-reduced before being returned for greater commodity recovery, whilst the shredder can also process specific materials including uPVC window frames for FE, non-FE and clean uPVC recovery, as well as Zorba.

Whilst the machine is currently configured to handle 3500kg per hour, the four-shaft shredder with interchangeable screens can be reconfigured in 30 minutes to best-suit the input material and other requirements.

M&M’s managing director Rob Fluckiger said: “Carefully considered recycling methodologies are one thing, but as we strive for even higher recovery performance it is crucial that a business like ours looks carefully at its liberation strategies.

“Many of the complex materials that we’re handling – particularly from the construction and demolition industry – contain valuable composite parts that we need to ‘free’ to further boost our recycling rates. The RS100 therefore enables us to size-reduce, liberate and produce a saleable finished product for remanufacturing.” The UNTHA shredder can produce a range of outputs depending on the material-specific liberation strategy deployed. However, M&M can now achieve a <25mm homogenous particle size, which – when handling certain materials – satisfies confidential waste shredding requirements in line with GDPR security shredding requirements. “We’re striving for nothing less than complete resource recovery,” said Rob. “Even in the case of wood waste, we’ve developed an approach which means we can produce a suitable biomass feedstock.” He concluded it had been a wise investment.