Expansion work at the West London Composting (WLC) in-vessel composting (IVC) and windrow facility in Greater London has been completed making the site the largest IVC in Europe.
While WLC is licensed to process 50,000 tonnes of commingled organic waste a year, the doubling of capacity to 100,000 tonnes means the company can now process the waste more efficiently.
WLC managing director Martin Grundon explained: When we built the plant in 2004 we had difficulty coping with the quantities of material coming in during peak periods. By doubling the size of the plant we can now handle everything more efficiently.
In addition to existing vessels, 16 new vessels have been built with vertically lifting and sealing stainless steel roofs, which were constructed by technology specialist The Composting Company. The high tech vessels use a parameter driven aeration system to enhance processing.
WLC has also doubled the size of its reception building and invested in new machinery, including a shredder, star screen and wind sifter to remove compost contamination.
The company works with a number of local authorities to help them meet their recycling targets.
These are Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Spelthorne, Three Rivers, Watford, Hertsmere, St Albans and Waste Aware Hertfordshire Partnership.
Image: The recently completed IVC area