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Balers aid export potential

International waste-to-product business Shanks Group has invested more than £2m in two balers at its facilities in east London which will increase the quality and efficiency of production of its waste-derived fuels.

The balers have been installed at the Frog Island and Jenkins Lane mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities, which are part of a 25-year contract with the East London Waste Authority (ELWA).

The increase in quality, efficiency and production of solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse-derived fuel (RDF) will enable the company to service its off-take customers more effectively and could also open up new markets for the fuel.

The new machinery will bale SRF and RDF for use in the generation of green energy, in a bid to increase the export potential of both by 100% and the diversion of waste from landfill to 95%.

Matthew Williams, managing director of Shanks’ Municipal Division, said: “The overall strategy for our East London facilities is to maximise diversion of waste from landfill and the production of baled fuel is a crucial part of this. We look forward to utilising this machinery to increase the quality, efficiency and production of our waste-derived fuels.”

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