A state-of-the-art 17 tonne per hour dry recyclable sorting system designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has begun processing recyclables at the new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for SCA Recycling in Southampton, UK. The MRF processes consumer, commercial and industrial materials, recovering valuable commodities and diverting these materials from landfill.
The innovative BHS system for SCA Recycling expands the global paper company’s recycling operations beyond paper to include a wider range of recyclables including plastics, glass and metals.
“Although trading conditions are challenging we believe that it’s a good time for SCA Recycling to develop and expand,” says SCA Recycling director Steve Smith. “We’re the first integrated paper group to go into the multi-material market and we hope to lead the drive for quality.”
The highly-automated facility raises the bar in environmental and technical standards, incorporating the latest in patented screening, optical, and air separation technologies to ensure high recovery and purity of recyclables at high throughput rates. The BHS design maximizes the recovery of marketable commodities, yielding minimal residual material and reducing disposal costs.
The BHS system focuses on the reduction of operating costs by optimizing integrated processes to emphasize mechanization and the extraction of recoverable materials on the “first pass.” As a result, the products produced by the system are high in quality, the cost to process material is low, and the capture rate of high value materials is excellent with extremely low residue values.
“This will enhance the ability of SCA Recycling to compete successfully where customers place high demands on sustainability,” says SCA Recycling Managing Director Ken Stevens. “Recycling has become an essential part of everyday life and the UK desperately needs merchant facilities to meet the growing requirement for cost effective, sustainable alternatives to landfill.”
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) is a Eugene, Oregon-based company that supplies processing systems for the solid waste, recycling, wood products/compost and waste to energy industries.