Axion and 360 Environmental launch MRF Health Checks
- 20 October 2011
- Company & Industry News
Resource recovery specialists Axion Consulting and independent waste management experts 360 Environmental have launched a unique 'Health Check' service to help Material Recovery Facilities managers get the best from their waste sorting operations.
Thought to be the first of its kind in the waste sector, the concept was developed after positive delegate feedback from Axion's highly successful MRF optimisation event in May. This seminar and exhibition highlighted practical issues, including a need for in-depth operational analysis and specialist guidance aimed at improving the running of a MRF and its profitability.
Conducted by senior waste management professionals, the MRF Health Check Service is a fast, low-cost package enabling MRF owners and managers to identify opportunities to optimise performance and increase profits.
During a two-day visit, various areas of a MRF business are assessed and evaluated to identify any problems and opportunities for improvements. Key aspects examined range from management and performance objectives to systems, strategy and staffing.
Axion designs and builds innovative process plants for companies in the recycling sector, advising on plant design and equipment selection. Its specialist team has particular expertise and experience in mixed waste plastics and separation technology.
Axion Director Keith Freegard says their joint approach combines Axion's recycling, resource recovery and engineering expertise with 360 Environmental's operational, regulatory and legislative compliance skills to deliver fully comprehensive assessments and implementation proposals.
"We believe there is an unmet need in this marketplace for the appliance of good process engineering science to gauge a MRF's performance and suggest areas of improvement," explains Keith.
"Given the significant levels of investment in sophisticated equipment at many UK MRFs, it makes sense to ensure that they are operating as efficiently as possible to achieve the best market value for recovered materials and therefore maximise profitability. By aiming to improve the 'health' of these facilities, you could call us the MRF Doctors!" he adds.
360 Director Vicki Cooper comments: "Operators sometimes find it difficult to stand back and objectively assess their processes. Our experience shows that there are often significant profit optimisation opportunities."
Part of the Axion Group, Axion Consulting develops and optimises processing and collection methods to recover value from waste resources for a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries.
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