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Baler cuts packaging waste costs

2000 thatchers cider middleton baler

Family cider maker Thatchers Cider has contracted Middleton Engineering to supply and install an 80-tonne baler and slider-bed feed conveyor at its Myrtle Farm cider mill in Somerset, to compact and bale waste packaging materials at source before onward shipment to reprocessors.

The Middleton ME80 closed end semi-automatic baler will help to cut the use of waste managers that collect and bale packaging waste, in turn reducing the number of vehicle movements, and giving Thatchers greater control over its ability to deal with production by-products.

Installed and up and running just 12 weeks from initial order, the machine has a robust, small footprint capable of delivering consistent mill size bales, and achieving maximum bale weights for onwards transport­ation.

Currently, Thatchers Cider is baling around five tonnes a week of cardboard packaging waste and one tonne of plastic waste, creating a new revenue stream.

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