Skip hire and waste collection company GBN Services has installed sorting equipment and a Dicom baler, claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, at its Basildon site as part of a £3m redevelopment project.
The site is licensed to process 75,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) a year. Materials delivered to Basildon pass through a shredder, conveyor, magnets and picking station to sort out the larger more accessible recyclables.
A further sorting process then takes what has not been separated and passes thisthrough another shredder and a secondary mechanical sorting process to extract any further items. The residue is baled, wrapped and sent to Europe as RDF.
GBN director Tony Dickens said: “This is a great step forward for GBN in our efforts to continually innovate and help our clients divert as much material as possible from landfill. We have selected the best configuration of sorting technology that will help us achieve maximum recycling rates.”