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Document shred boosted

Confidential document destruction and shredding capacity at Hampshire-based Ecogen Recycling has jumped seven-fold following a £90,000 investment in technology. At the heart is a custom-made conveyor solution developed by waste recycling machinery specialist Middleton Engineering that feeds a state of the art AXO-704 shredder with prototype ‘hard head’ technology.

Ecogen handles commercial waste recyclables from clients in retail, manufacturing and distribution across the UK with a national collection service. Commercial director James Lewis explains: “With demand increasing for our confidential document destruction service, we decided to commission the AXO-704 shredder with a unique custom-made conveyor system from Middleton. The investment has future-proofed this part of our business, taking shredding capacity from one tonne to seven tonnes per hour. That’s equivalent to 28 fully laden artic trailers a week.”

The Middleton solution, which is designed to optimise material feed to and from the shredder, incorporates a bespoke feed hopper and stand, with two opposing slider-bed conveyors inclined at 32 deg and 27 degrees, together with end hoppers and all electrical controls and interfaces.

Locating the new facility adjacent to an existing baler and feed conveyor, supplied by Middletons in 2015, also ensures minimal material handling is required to load shredded waste into the baler.

With the facility in full operation, Ecogen is currently processing around 100 tonnes a week of secure document shredding. This in turn is then baled and shipped to paper mills around the world for reprocessing. Importantly the new capacity means that confidential waste can be sorted and shredded as soon as it reaches the company’s Hampshire depot.

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