Bristol-based ETM Recycling is set to open a £4m state-of-the-art Turmec facility in March. It is being built at the company’s present site and, once operational, will double the capacity to 150,000 tonnes a year.
This means ETM will be processing 80 tonnes an hour at full capacity, an output that takes the current system 24 hours to achieve, and it will be a zero waste to landfill plant. The company expects the facility to double turnover within three years through third-party tipping, a larger fleet being able to serve a wider area and the acquisition of satellite depots.
It has been a long, but necessary, process for the business. Landfills are closing in the area while waste is travelling further for residual disposal, and the company wants to avoid sending its waste to landfill at all costs.
Due to rapid growth, the current plant was at full capacity and not efficiently processing and diverting enough waste from landfill. So the company could not grow at its planned trajectory.
ETM noticed a gap in the market in the south-west for a high-calibre MRF, so it researched and visited several plants and engineers during a two-year period.
No one had the material and process knowledge of recycling plant engineers at Turmec, and ETM did not believe any other plant could provide it with such excellent landfill diversion while still being efficient. The support that came with the plant was also unmatched.
Brian Thornton, chief executive of Turmec:
“While the technology in this plant is not new, the layout and configuration are the most innovative that can be found anywhere in the south-west.
“This is an amazing investment from a family business, which shows nothing but commitment to their employees, company, clients and to Bristol.
“It cements ETM’s position as one of the largest and most dynamic waste processors in the region, and this is a landmark process that Bristol will benefit from.”
The two companies worked closely to ensure the plant was designed to meet ETM’s exact waste inputs, so it is completely bespoke. But it has been challenging, not least because ETM had to completely redevelop its existing site, which meant demolishing offices and building surrounding walls and concrete floors.
The company’s position in south Bristol is key – it covers a large area and means it can respond quickly to clients’ needs, so it did not want to move to a new site. This meant it had to continue to process waste while building the new plant on a very tight site, which was hugely challenging.
ETM has a parts store on-site, provided and managed by Turmec, so all spares required from the plant will always be in stock.
The facility is focused on construction & demolition and commercial & industrial waste. It will pull out all recyclates such as wood, metal, inert, hardcore, plastics, card and so on. Residual waste will be a high-quality refuse-derived fuel.
Amy McCormack is director of ETM Recycling
How the plant will work
Primary sizing – this is key to how the waste travels through the plant and how the plant performs.
The C&D waste is loaded into an M&J 4000 sizer where it is reduced in size to 400-450mm. The M&J can also open any bagged waste and size the material.
The waste is then transferred to the waste screen feeder conveyor and fed into a waste screen and screened into two fractions (fines and oversize).
Flip-flop screen – this is where qualifying fines will be segregated.
The oversize material of 8-60mm is conveyed from the flip-flop into the single drum separator, where it separates light fraction from heavy. An eddy current removes the non-ferrous metals.
A double drum separator uses air to separate the material into three fractions: heavy, mid-heavy and light.
The material will then be conveyed on to a six-paddle ballistic separator, where the mid-heavies material is separated into three further fractions: 2D, 3D and fines.