UK waste management company Premier Waste now diverts 98.6 percent of all material from landfill following an overhaul of its baling equipment with Presona equipment.
Birmingham-based Premier Waste specializes in collecting and treating waste that cannot be reused or recycled from construction and demolition sites across the UK. Making use of the 200 metric tons of “waste” material that was previously sent to landfill each day, Premier Waste became a supplier of solid recovered fuel (SRF) to the UK´s construction industry. However after this sector took a hit during the economic downturn, Premier Waste sought to become a reliable supplier to the European market and turned to Presona to make this happen.
Mark Jones, operations manager at Premier Waste says the company looked at several balers that could produce SRF but Presona was the “go-to brand” because it understood that in the UK, SRF is supplied loose but in Europe it needs to be baled.
Presona recommended its LP 50 EHF2 string tie baler, which is capable of handling 24 metric tons per hour and processing SRF. The baler can also tie the SRF bales for the European market.
The new baler helped Premier Waste cut its operating costs. The company now uses polypropylene twine with a high calorific value to bind the bales instead of traditional steel wire. This has reduced the cost of binding by 70 percent and, with the pre-press, reduced power consumption by up to 60 percent over a standard shear baler.
In the US, construction and demolition recycling is a $7.4 billion industry, Recycling Today reports. More than 480 million tons of C&D waste is generated in the US annually, making it the largest individual solid waste stream in the country.