Sunday, July 12, 2020

Yorkshire shredding firm joins global food waste project

A Yorkshire-based shredding firm has partnered with an organic waste and waste-to-energy specialist in a global food waste project.

Working in partnership, Boroughbridge-headquartered UNTHA UK and Cheshire’s Tidy Planet will supply an industrial-scale solution for a new multi-million-pound Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) at a gas pipeline expansion project in Indonesia.

This venture requires numerous processes to treat the client’s plastic, metal and wood wastes, as well as five additional tonnes of food waste generated per day at a liquid gas plant in Tanguhh.

Processing of the large volume of food wastes will be achieved with a commercial-scale version of Tidy Planet’s Dehydra Dewatering system and two B2500s – the largest Rocket Composter the company manufactures.

Following a year-long tendering process, the Cheshire-based firm fought off tough competition from an Australasian equipment supplier and has also teamed up with UNTHA UK.

The industrial shredding specialist will supply an LR1000 wood shredder and an RS30 four-shaft plastic shredder as part of the bid for the IWMF.

Not only will the equipment help the IWMF deal with the vast volume of food waste it currently produces, it will create jobs for local people too.

This includes pickers – who will ensure clean compost output by checking input materials are free of contaminants such as plastic – machinery operatives who will look after the segregation and processing of tonnes of plastics, metals and woods, plus a dedicated maintenance team.

The machine also gives the site the ability to cope with +30% fluctuations in waste.

UNTHA UK’s sales director, Gary Moore, said:: “The addition of the two UNTHA shredders at the IWMF are the perfect complement to Tidy Planet’s composting solution. We evaluated the material requirements and throughputs and the LR1000 and RS30 machines were the obvious choices.

“The IWMF will be providing the shredded wood needed for the composting process and as it results from a mix of hardwood logs, building timbers and broken pallets, we needed a versatile piece of equipment.

“With both the shredding and composting technologies in operation, this will help the oil firm fulfil its objective of achieving complete, closed-loop resource recovery at its Indonesia site – offering greater bottom-line benefit and autonomy over its waste management.”

Other UK organisations are also involved in the waste management overhaul, supplying can baling systems, control packages, and packing/crating services.

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