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Jersey improves baling operation

St Helier Municipal Services in Jersey is increasing recycling capacity and throughput for commercial and household waste by upgrading its baling operation with a horizontal baler and feed conveyor from Middleton Engineering.

It will increase the flexibility to handle a wider range of waste streams, and enable the team to produce compact mill-size bales to drive transport efficiencies. Jersey has a zero landfill policy, and any waste that is not recycled is incinerated at the island’s energy-from-waste plant. So it is striving to remove as much recyclable material as possible from the waste stream. Recyclables are baled and shipped off-island for processing in France, the closest destination.

The Middleton ME80 closed-end, semi-automatic, horizontal baler has a bespoke feed conveyor. previously the team was able to produce only one bale an hour using a manually operated vertical baler, but it is now achieving three during the same time.

Piers Tharme, facilities and resources manager, said: “We needed a solution that would deliver instant improvements but one that could also be enhanced as requirements grow.”

Previously, the St Helier team could not produce stable bales of paper and card and was not achieving the best prices for the commodities. Tharme added: “The beauty is that now that we are able to increase our processing ability and have confidence in the solution, so we can focus on the business of promoting kerbside recycling and further support the island’s recycling ambition.”

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