Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste has invested £326,000 in a new industrial baler to cope with increased demand for its Zero to Landfill service across Devon and Somerset.
The new baler, built in Somerset by Middleton Engineering, is capable of baling 100,000 tonnes of waste per year if used to its maximum capacity. Devon Contract Waste plans to operate it on a five-day single-shift pattern, which will double baling capacity from 75,000 to 150,000 tonnes per year. If it were operated 24/7 alongside the company’s existing baler, total baling capacity at Devon Contract Waste would exceed 400,000 tonnes per year, which means that there is further room for growth, should demand continue to increase.
The baler has been specially designed by Middleton Engineering and is configured to the layout of Devon Contact Waste’s unique Envirohub on Marsh Barton industrial estate. The installation means that Devon Contract Waste now has the largest capacity for baling waste anywhere in the city.
“Investing in a second baler is a major milestone for us,” said Simon Almond, managing director of Devon Contract Waste. “Our Zero to Landfill solution is unique in the south west and demand is rapidly increasing for a service that doesn’t require customers to sort their own waste and ensures that nothing goes to landfill. By installing the new baler we are not only ensuring that we can effectively fulfill the demands of our waste collection services at the moment, we’re also giving ourselves plenty of extra capacity to expand further in the future as we continue to divert more and more waste from Devon’s landfill sites, many of which are already under severe pressure.”
The new baler joins the existing plant at Devon Contract Waste’s Envirohub, the only one of its kind in the south west, which is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment that efficiently sorts all mixed non-food, non-glass waste. Every piece of waste that can be recycled is sorted and processed, meaning the waste does not have to be pre-sorted by the customer.
Up to 68% of waste materials are sorted, baled and sold for onward processing to create new materials and products in a wide variety of industries. The remaining materials that cannot be recycled – 30–35% – are sent to energy from waste plants, so nothing is landfilled.