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Viridor expands range of plastics for recycling at Kent facility

Posted 3 Oct 2011

Crayford MRF Shredder

Leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management company Viridor has installed a new generation single shaft shredder – the WIEMA SPIDER HRS – at its Crayford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Kent which will enable the company expand the range of plastics processed on site.

Renowned as one of the largest and most efficient in Europe, Viridor’s 300,000 tonne capacity Crayford MRF applies advanced technology to sort and recover commingled recyclable materials from local councils and businesses.  These quality materials are then sold on as raw materials for the manufacturing of new products and packaging. 

Dave Fitzgerald, Viridor general manager for Greater London, said: “We’re constantly looking to expand the range of materials that can be accepted at our recycling facilities to help our customers improve their environmental performance by recycling more. With the installation of the latest WEIMA Spider HRS shredder, we can offer our customers the inclusion of hard rigid plastics – including utility pipes, polypropylene crates and trays – within the commingled mix for processing as well as acceptance of single-stream hard rigid plastics.”

The new shredder enables Viridor to process heavy plastic materials by polymer type to a 25-50mm fraction, thus increasing potential revenues and strengthening its ability to market this material.

Fercell Engineering Limited - WEIMA UK, UK sole distributor of WEIMA shredders and briquetters, sees this installation as a fitting milestone in celebrating a fifteen-year association with WIEMA Maschinen GmbH.

“There are more than 900 current WEIMA applications in the UK”, commented Colin Irons, national sales manager. “We are pleased that Viridor has adopted the WEIMA Spider HRS for its new hard plastics shredding operation. The recycling market continues to be one of the most demanding and we have seen a definite change to the criteria considerations during the procurement process in new capital plant. Viridor’s adoption of this truly revolutionary machine will help the company lower operating overheads, reduce maintenance downtime cycles while delivering a multi-tasking capability across differing materials.”

In answer to changing industry demands, the single-shaft WEIMA Spider HRS shredder, designed and developed by German engineering giant Weima Maschinen GmbH and first shown at the recent Dusseldorf plastic industry “K Show”, introduces a unique and innovative modular construction offering greater flexibility and an extensive list of new inclusions and improvements.

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