Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste (DCW) has invested £326,000 in a new industrial baler to cope with increased demand for its zero-to- landfill service across Devon and Somerset.
The baler, built by Middleton Engineering, is capable of baling 100,000 tonnes of waste a year at maximum capacity. DCW plans to operate it on a five-day single-shift pattern, which will double baling capacity from 75,000 to 150,000 tonnes a year.
The baler has been configured to the specific layout of DCW’s Envirohub on the Marsh Barton industrial estate. The Envirohub is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment for mixed non-food, non-glass waste. All waste that can be recycled is sorted and processed, so does not have to be pre-sorted by the customer.
Nearly 70% of waste materials are sorted, baled and sold for onward processing to create new materials and products. Residual materials are sent to energy-from-waste plants, with nothing being landfilled.