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Product news round-up

Screw hopper is made for road sweepings

CDEnviro has unveiled the SF500 screw feeding hopper, developed specifically to suit road sweepings and gully waste recycling plants.

The hopper is a standalone unit which features a fully stainless steel trough and a 500mm diameter screw.

The SF500 is among several specially designed systems that have been developed by CDEnviro in response to a number of contract wins.

Recently the company provided turnkey solutions for the recycling of road sweepings and gully waste material to some of the UK’s largest recycling and resource management companies including RWR and Sita UK.

These systems enable the waste management companies to recycle wastes that are becoming more difficult to dispose of due to regulation.

CDEnviro waste recovery and recycling systems are used in a variety of industries including waste water treatment works, sewage treatment works, demolition contractors and contractors to the water and waste water industry.

CDEnviro also offers systems for sludge dewatering, sewage waste recycling and recovery, digester cleaning and wet well cleaning.

Specialised system deals with recycling at Scania

Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) has been appointed by Scania GB to manage all the truck manufacturer’s dry waste at its 45 service centres across the UK.

SWR’s waste and recycling service is designed specifically for the automotive industry. It has introduced a new system for handling and disposing of Scania’s waste, which has delivered a significant increase in recycling as well as cost savings of 10%.

SWR general manager Richard Brown said: “We understand the issues faced by motor dealer groups. Having achieved excellent results with VWG in recent years, we were confident that we could develop a sound waste plan for Scania.”

Scania purchaser David Ballard said: “Despite little advancement in our recycling in recent years, we look forward to working with SWR to help us deliver 85% landfill avoidance in the first half of 2013.”

Polish biomass plant uses CleanTech technology

DP CleanTech has signed a contract to deliver a 30MW biomass power plant to Polish Energy Partners (PEP) for $34m (£21m). The straw-fired plant will be delivered on a turnkey basis to PEP in Winsko, south-west Poland.

During the next two years, DP CleanTech will engineer, manufacture and commission the combustion boiler, fuel feeding and air system.

The end of 2014 will see the hot commissioning of the boiler island and the first steam to turbine.

The company says the plant will demonstrate the unique optimisation of DP CleanTech technology.

As well as being enhanced to handle up to 80% of wood chips, the special boiler design will also minimise nitrogen oxide emissions.

An innovative feeding system will handle square and round bales.

CleanTech chief operating officer Krzysztof Dragon said: “We have built a solid relationship with PEP, and hope to develop further projects which build on a shared vision of the increasingly important role that biomass can play in Poland’s energy mix.”

Strautman balers in UK deal

Kent-based Compact & Bale has been appointed UK distributor for German manufacturer Strautmann’s range of automated baling machinery. Existing Strautmann customers in the UK include Ocado and GlaxoSmithKline.

Compact & Bale managing director Steve Burnett said: “Our innovative approach to waste and recycling helps to systemise our customers’ waste management operations, reduce costs and maximise recycling revenues.

“With Strautmann’s intelligent automate-to-save systems, we offer truly automated waste solutions that will bring our clients real savings.”

Strautmann export manager Thomas Gruschwitz said: “We are delighted with how our new business with Compact & Bale has started.

It has sold six Strautmann balers in its first month, which is a fantastic start.”

Study warns of chemicals risk

A study conducted at KTH technical university in Stockholm has called for less use of dangerous chemicals in consumer products to boost sustainable recycling.

Linda Molander, a former risk and safety PhD student, studied REACH regulation on the use of chemicals in everyday products. She concluded that EU policy fell short of protecting consumers and the environment from the hazards of chemicals in some items.

Molander said the expanse of the regulation’s scope may be in part to blame for the weakness of the law.

“It is very general and, in many cases, toothless,” she said. “Dangerous chemicals in consumer products must be reduced in order to ensure their safe use, but also to increase the oppor-tunities to recycle materials and their by-products in a sustainable way.”

The study found that EU risk assessment and management failed to take into consideration the full life cycle of consumer products, including disposal.

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