Teignbridge District Council selects Middleton Baler to increase capacity
To meet increased recycling volumes at its Newton Abbot waste transfer and bulking station, Teignbridge District Council in South Devon has awarded a contract to recycling machinery specialists Middleton Engineering. This includes the supply and installation of a new Scapa HB60 HM2 channel baler and associated equipment.
Due for installation at the beginning of April and currently in fabrication at Middleton’s factory in Somerset, the new baler will be used initially to process and bale growing waste cardboard (OCC) volumes from domestic waste collections, producing compact mill-size bales ready for onward shipment to re-processors.
With ambitious council targets for recycling, Teignbridge was the highest performing Devon Council in 2016/17 and second in the South West. OCC volumes currently stand at around 3,000 tonnes per annum and are expected to continue rising over the next two decades as recycling rates improve and new housing is introduced.
Under the contract, which followed a formal tender, Middleton Engineering is also supplying an inclined chain conveyor to optimise material feed and loading for the baler, together with new bay walls to increase storage for loose cardboard at the Council’s Forde Road Depot.
Chris Braines, Waste and Cleansing Manager, at Teignbridge District Council said: “Teignbridge has a proud history of high recycling rates and we continue to strive to increase them. With growing volumes of waste cardboard arriving at our transfer and bulking station, an automated baler to boost capacity and throughput was essential. Middleton Engineering has proposed the best solution for the council, both cost effective and future proof to provide the capacity we need over the next 20 years. With a reputation for quality and easy maintenance, the addition of a three year service contract will give us further peace of mind.”
With a press force of 60 tonnes and an output of 5 to 7 tonnes per hour, the fully automated HB60 HM2 provides a robust baling solution engineered to provide more than 20 years hard working life. The work horse of many council and commercial material recycling facilities, a small footprint and low headroom make the HB60 range particularly attractive where there are site constraints or limited space.