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Baler makes rigid plastics easier to recycle

Poole-based W&S Recycling Services has installed a twin-ram baler from Middleton Engineering as part of a new venture to recycle rigid plastics from household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) and commercial customers across Dorset.

The ME2R100 baler, which has a press force of 100 tonnes, has been put in at W&S’s recycling depot in Hurn, Christchurch. It will make it easier to bale and recycle hard plastics such as PP, PE and PVC waste, including toys, crates and garden furniture, material that has traditionally been landfilled.

Andy Tyers, operations manager for W&S Recycling, said: “Diverting rigid plastics from landfill is an obvious next step for us as we expand our operations and capabilities. It is a commodity that has been traditionally hard to deal with partly because of the number of mixed polymers involved, quality of product and bulk of the material. The new baler will make the product far easier to deal with.”

The service has been rolled out to three HWRCs in Dorset. Tyers expects to be processing 1,200-1,500 tonnes of rigid plastics a year when commissioning and testing is completed and all 12 HWRCs are included in the scheme.

He added: “The ME2R100 will enable us to achieve between 19 and 20 tonnes a load, which is a huge cost saving in terms of fuel, transport and handling. It is also far more attractive for processors in the UK and export markets.” 


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