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Automated roll cages bring saving for Tesco

Whitham Mills has completed the design, installation and commissioning of a bespoke roll cage tipping system for Tesco.

The Todmorden-based waste management machinery designer and manufacturer was appointed because Tesco needed to reduce handling times by automating the emptying of roller cages containing food waste on arrival at the units.

Food waste is segregated in-store and moved in plastic-lined roll cages before being bulked in walking floor trailers and sent for anaerobic digestion (AD).

Whitham Mills said the new equipment at 10 recycling units had reduced the time spent emptying each 350kg cage from six minutes to 70 seconds and improved safety, while giving a 20% reduction in waste arisings and a 15% financial saving by diverting material from landfill to AD.

Tesco procurement manager for waste and recycling John Masters said: “It is a single-person operation which requires minimal training. It is simple, safe and efficient, and has made a real difference to our processes by removing a very restrictive bottleneck.”

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