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Baling up a revenue stream

Family business Thatchers Cider has contracted Middleton Engineering to supply and install an 80-tonne baler and slider-bed feed conveyor at its Myrtle Farm cider mill in Somerset.

The Middleton ME80 closed end semi-automatic baler will cut dependency on external waste processors to collect and bale packaging waste, in turn reducing the number of vehicle movements and giving the company greater control over its ability to deal with production by-products.

Neil Day, operations director at Thatchers Cider, said: “Sustainability is vitally important to our business. The baler allows us to take charge of our packaging waste and we can recycle more.”

Installed and up and running just 12 weeks from initial order, the ME80 is a robust, small footprint machine that delivers consistent mill size bales and achieves maximum bale weights for optimal onwards transportation.

Part of the installation included a bespoke conveyor to feed the baler and designed specifically for the size of cardboard the company deals with. Currently Thatchers Cider is baling around five tonnes of cardboard packaging waste and one tonne of plastic waste each week, creating a new revenue stream for the business.



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