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Buyer’s guide: modular MRF for recyclables

danny jordan

Who are you?

Danny Jordan, waste transfer sta­tion manager at LKM Recycling, based in Sittingbourne, Kent.

How did you get into the waste industry?

I joined LKM from school, start­ing with sweeping the yard, and have worked my way up the ladder into management. I’ve been here for 12 years. LKM tries to promote from within, and I have been lucky enough to get promoted and rewarded for my hard work.

What did you buy?

The company bought a Kiverco modular MRF to separate out our dry mixed recyclables, which come from several sources into our waste transfer station.

Why this equipment?

We started the waste transfer site around two years ago and, as we were building this part of the busi­ness, we picked materials by hand. As we got to a certain size, we real­ised that we needed a robust mechanical solution to separate the materials and minimise any volume going to landfill.

We are currently at zero. This makes our two-acre site incredibly efficient and allows us to take in dry waste from many sources: blue-chip waste companies, other skip companies, tradespeople and builders and, of course, from our own skip business.

What was your criteria?

We were looking for something that was as future-proof as possi­ble, where we could add extra pro­cesses in time, such as cleaning and separating builders’ rubble or hardcore. It needed to be backed by a strong machine manufacturer that understood our business and, in this case, was in the UK to ease uncertainty about Brexit.

How did you research your purchase?

We looked at several companies in the market, pretty much all with good product, but the one that stood out a mile was Kiverco. It really seemed to get what we were trying to do, and was integral to the final design of our yard and transport flow.

With its years of experience designing and building recycling plants, we felt confident in the advice and the solutions it sug­gested. Kiverco’s focus is helping companies like ours to grow their business.

What did the equipment have to achieve?

The equipment had to produce a high quality of recyclable material. The trommel has great screening efficiency, which means all the fines are removed and we have clean material left to be picked.

Once it reaches the picking station, trap door bins remove the low-tonnage, high-value items such as copper cable, non-ferrous metals and so on. The magnet removes the ferrous metals and a 15kW blower cleans the remaining residual waste from the hardcore.

Were there any particular challenges to finding the right equipment?

You always take a bit of a risk whenever you invest in a new piece of kit. This is true in any pur­chase, but Kiverco’s thoroughness and allowing us to see customers’ operations that were like ours meant we could cover most ques­tions before committing.

What were the pitfalls to finding the right equipment?

It can come down to several fac­tors, from looking at the size of the power supply to working closely with planning authorities and the Environment Agency. On the machine, it can be the difference between manufacturers’ output claims and the reality of running it in your business.

There are always bumps in the road which just take a bit of think­ing around to solve.

How does the equipment fit in with the company’s future plans?

It was important that we selected equipment that would adapt and grow with our business. Kiverco’s recycling plants are modular, which means the components are interchangeable and can be added on to. Like Lego, they can be taken apart and put together differently for different flows of material, changes in legislation or when having to move sites.

The trommel is designed with built-in capacity for future growth. Magnets/collections conveyors/ flip-flow screen and density separation can be added on if required. There is plenty of scope for expanding our system with Kiverco’s support.

Robust solution: Jordan in front of the company’s new MRF

“Like Lego, parts can be taken apart and put together differently for different flows of material, changes in legislation or when moving sites.”

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