A specialist machinery company has designed and installed the first version of equipment to open recycling bags without damaging their contents.
Environmental Marketing Solutions (EMS) in Dungannon, Northern Ireland has spent over £500,000 in research and development over the past three years.
The first version has recently been installed in a Viridor plant in Scotland.
EMS business development manager, Sean McBride, said: “The main options currently available are manual opening, which is labour intensive and therefore expensive, or passing the bag through a shredder, which damages some of the contents.
“The EMS machine opens the bag without damaging the contents.”
The device works by pulling the bags over a drum and opening bags with spring-loaded teeth.