Changes in legislation, Government monitoring and health and safety issues have always been important factors for Wiltshire Waste (Recycling), part of Grist Group, a family business based in Devizes.
As a regional waste and recycling business operating its own MRF and providing services to a wide range of commercial and industrial customers, the company is focused on maximising the quantity of material that can be recycled while minimising what goes to landfill. The goal is eventually to convert 100% of waste into a valuable resource.
Delivering quality services to customers, combined with a loyal and committed workforce, is part of the success of the business. But thinking big and investing in equipment and people has allowed it to grow at a time when others are struggling.
The decision to invest in a versatile, top-of-the-range baler from Middleton Engineering has had a huge impact. The right machinery has been key. Not only is the company able to divert a higher percentage of waste from landfill, but transportation and handling costs – probably the single biggest issue for the recycling sector – are far more certain.
The monster machine is a Middleton twin-ram baler with a press force of 150 tonnes. A quickchange dual tying head, with the choice of steel wire or plastic strapping that can be switched in less than 10 minutes, enables the team to handle a wide range of waste streams. And the baler’s capacity has increased throughput dramatically.
Not only can Wiltshire Waste more easily deal with vast tonnages of material, but it can also produce bales which are extremely dense and compact.
Where the industry norm is around 600kg per bale, Wiltshire is averaging nearer 1,200kg. This has helped, above all, to reduce onward transportation costs, which are savings that help to buffer price increases from customers and make the company more competitive.
After four months of operation, Wiltshire Waste is now producing up to 50 bales a day. It also has 50% extra capacity when required to bale hard plastic, agricultural string, plastic pallet strapping and agricultural plastic film, as well as trialling residual waste baling as refuse-derived fuel.
The business is experiencing a substantial increase in the amount of paper and card being baled. With the 150-tonne press force, there is still 50% more capacity to be used in future.
The savings are significant and, as a result of the investment, the company is able to transport greater volumes of material for the same costs as loose product. Such productivity increase has eased pressure on valuable storage space which, in turn, means that even more waste can be handled.
The increase in baling productivity has been huge, and the company is extremely pleased with the throughput it can deliver. The fact that it is a British made and en- gineered product is particularly satisfying.
Middleton supports Wiltshire Waste and shares its customer service values. Its advice and expertise have been invaluable. It is a good relationship.
Nigel Grist is managing director of Grist Group