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Coming clean on contaminants

Q: What is your product?

Max X Tract material density separator available from Worsley Plant in Manchester.

Q: How does it work?

It separates materials less than 100mm according to their density and physical size giving the customer high value materials and reducing the amount of material going to landfill.

Q: Where would it ideally be used?

It is compact and can be easily integrated into existing systems whether that be in a materials recycling facility (MRF) or in smaller recycling sites. It is used to separate contaminated materials into clean separate material streams.

Q: How is it different?

It uses industry leading, patented separation technology that gives a heavy material, such as scrap metal, that is cleaner and a better separated lighter material, such as paper. Rather than blast it with air as with conventional density separators, it splits the material in stages giving higher quality end products.

Q: What benefits does it offer? 

It results in clean, high quality products which can be returned to the composting process, used as biomass fuel such as solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse derived fuel (RDF), or to meet recycled material specifications, which generate a new revenue stream while improving environmental performance.

Q: Where has it been used?

Wheeldon Brothers in Bury, Lancashire uses it to process trommel fines. Recovered products include -8mm fines, clean 8mm to 45mm aggregate, SRF fraction and recovered scrap metal. This has made a huge difference to the business and gives them a leading edge.

Q: Cost?

The plant has a payback period of 12 months based on processing 200 tonnes of trommel fines per week. Scrap metal recovery can be 4% to 6% of recovered materials.

Q: Any savings?

The Max X Tract can reduce materials going to landfill by up to 85%. The firm 777 Recycling in Croydon has reduced wear on its high speed shredder used to produce RDF from £32,000 to £9000 per month because of the high quality material now being fed in because of the Max X Tract. It has also recovered an extra 30 tonnes of scrap metal per month that had previously been missed. Running costs are minimal.

Q: What about maintenance?

It is supported on a national basis with a comprehensive next day parts delivery service.

Q: What is its life span?

Working on a daily basis, it has an expected life of 25 years plus.

Q: How is it future-proofed?

The Max X Tract is able to be adjusted to match material requirements as they change.

Q: Any future applications?

Worsley Plant is looking at different model sizes to handle larger feed materials of +300mm.

Q: Where do you see it being sold?

It will be sold into markets such as waste transfer stations, recycling processes and problem end of line materials.

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