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Health check for MRFs

Q: What is your service?

Axion Consulting offers a range of services for materials recovery facilities (MRF) to help managers get the best from their waste sorting operations. These include measuring separation efficiencies; training MRF operators and maintenance staff; and MRF reconfigurations.

Q: How does it work?

Senior waste management professionals assess and evaluate various aspects of a MRF business during a two-day visit. Key areas examined range from management and performance objectives to systems, strategy and staffing.

Q: How is it different?

Backed with 10 years’ of expertise and practical experience, Axion’s 15 process engineers focus exclusively on providing such services, which have been developed from its work with many other clients in the waste sector and from running its own MRF for ELV shredder residue. Being a different material stream, there is no conflict of interest with handling waste issues for clients.

Q: What benefits does it offer? 

Through a better understanding of the process and material recovery, MRF clients can increase their revenue through better product quality, higher plant availability and therefore more saleable tonnes per year.

Q: Where has it been used?

Waste management companies and local authorities such as East Ayrshire Council in Kilmarnock, where advice included a range of options for remodelling a paper sorting line into a multi-purpose recycling line for kerbside-collected recyclables.

Q: Cost?

Axion is flexible on how it charges for MRF services depending on the level of work that clients require. Most clients find its advice is cost-effective and they get a return on the technical expertise through improved yields, product values and plant efficiency.

Q: How is it future-proofed?

Axion’s services are continually shaped and tailored to meet MRF operators’ current and future requirements. Axion also provides support to the Government in developing new waste policy so it stays closely in touch with latest developments in the sector.

Q: Any future applications?

Axion expanded its range of MRF services to help improve aspects such as material sampling and workforce training, as well as offer technical, market and commercial due diligence advice to support investment decisions and minimise risk.

New additions to the MRF services include MASS, a material analysis and sampling service; CART, a compliance assessment review tool; MOT, a MRF operator training service; and Due Diligence Plus, aimed at investors in technology-based resource recovery business plans.

Q: How many have you sold and where?

Axion has sold its MRF services in many major UK plants over the last 10 years and this number is increasing.

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