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Baler gives leather offcuts the boot to close the loop

Footwear component manufacturer EA Tailby has boosted recycling at its Kettering facility with investment in a heavy-duty waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The RWM450HD is being used to bale leather offcuts from the production of soles and heels. The bales are then shipped to Germany for recycling into regenerated leather products such as diary covers.

This recycling practice has been a key part of on-site operations at EA Tailby for more than 20 years. But the handling of 4-6mm thick leather is not always easy, and the existing machine was struggling to achieve the throughputs required.

Director Steve Tailby wanted a more robust baler that could tackle this material stream and produce four bales of 400kg and above each week, so he began an audit of the marketplace.

He explained: “The timescale became urgent because, while I was investigating potential suppliers, our existing baler broke down. But I immediately struck up a rapport with Riverside, which [understood] our requirements. They reacted quickly, under the time pressures we now faced, and ensured a quick turnaround.

“The baler facilitates the closed loop model we are involved in with the reprocessing of leather in Germany. We’ve got a much neater site because the machine has the capacity to handle the volume of offcuts we want to bale.”

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