Cumbria Waste Group (CWG) is investing more than £500,000 in a waste baling facility at its Hespin Wood site, near Carlisle.
The waste baler will compact recyclables such as cardboard, plastics and cans, making them easier to store and transport.
The Aries 70-A twin-ram baler, supplied by Ken Mills, can process six tonnes of waste an hour. It will compact material from doorstep collection rounds, bring sites and commercial contracts, which will be processed by CWG’s MRF which opened in 2014.
Mike Bareham, CWG managing director, says: “We are continually seeking new ways to improve the recycling process. Through investment in new technology like this, we are not only saving our customers money but we are also helping them to meet their environmental responsibilities.
“The baler produces highly compacted, clean bales of waste material, such as cardboard and plastics, which can then be sold on the recycling markets and, in some cases, provide customers with a rebate on their waste.”