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The right machine to crush packaging

Q. Who are you?

Matthew Embley, recycling services manager at RDC.

Q. How did you get into the waste industry?

I have been working for RDC for more than 13 years and moved into the recycling department as manager in 2007. I mainly focused on the potential reuse of redundant IT and waste electronics.

Q. What did you use?

RDC has had a Greenbank polystyrene compactor on long-term hire for more than a year now.

Q. Why did you choose the product?

RDC had a problem with volumes of polystyrene from the packaging we received from our clients. After looking at various makes and models of compactor, and having trialled two other machines, we opted for Greenbank’s.

Q. What were your criteria?

Primarily the build quality, especially with the pre-shredder security features, price and the speed of material throughput.

Q. How did you research your purchase?

A colleague and I went to a site that had two Greenbank machines installed and we watched some material being compacted.

Q What did the equipment have to achieve?

RDC had an abundance of material to be compacted, and the Greenbank machine allowed us to compact this within a couple of weeks.

Q. Were there any particular challenges to finding the right equipment?

Finding a local recycler who would be willing to take the briquettes away was originally problematic.

Q. What were the pitfalls to finding the right equipment?

That there are not many on the market to choose from.

We had been to a couple of the RMW shows to look at what was available. There are some that are too advanced for our needs and therefore too expensive. The Greenbank does what we need it to, and at a speed and cost that is beneficial to RDC.

Q. Where there any other considerations?

The professional manner in which the machine was installed, and the service and general interaction with Greenbank.

Q. Is the equipment future proofed?

I believe the parts used on the machine are interchangeable, and so there is some option to change parts such as micro- switches on the door into the chamber.

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