Biffa UK Project - 8 tph Glass Clean-Up System Container Clean-Up System Aldridge, UK - Case Study
Biffa chose BHS as a partner for adding a specialized 8-tph Glass Clean-Up System and Container Clean-Up System to its existing Materials Resource Facility (MRF) in Aldridge, UK, greatly increasing the quality and recovery of glass, fibre and clean containers. The Glass Clean-Up system features two BHS Debris Roll Screens with patented TriDisc technology, two Nihot SDS units and two Nihot Windshifters. The Container Clean-Up System features a NRT FiberPure optical sorter and Nihot pneumatic technology.
Biffa Divisional Engineering Manager Neil Arlett reports the Container Clean-Up System paid for itself in just 9 months` time while the Glass Clean-Up System had a full ROI in 18 months. The NRT FiberPure optical unit removes an additional 3 tph of fibre from the existing container line, increasing mixed paper recovery and purity of containers in addition to significantly reducing container line manual sorting. Glass purity rose to 98% on the <15 mm glass fraction and 92% on the 15-65 mm fraction.
"This investment has seen our upgraded, cutting-edge equipment produce a better grade of glass and reduce contamination and remove foreign bodies often found in this material," according to a Biffa website press release. "The process of glass recycling is complex and represents one of the most problematic areas of waste management faced by the sector. Having the capacity to clean the glass in-house will allow Biffa to significantly increase the quality of recycled glass output, and enable the glass recycling plants to operate more efficiently and effectively, while ensuring we can create a sustainable pathway for business development."
- Location: Westgate, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands WS9 8EX, UK
- Commissioned: May 2015
- Type: Glass Clean-Up System & Container Clean-Up System
- Tonnage: 8 tph
- Recovery: >95% of all recyclables
Material Captured/Equipment Utilized
- Fibre: Debris Roll Screen (2)
- Glass: Nihot Single Drum Separator (2)
- Containers: Nihot Windshifter (2)
- Aluminum: Eddy Current Separator
- Ferrous Metals: Magnets, Controls Package, NRT SpydIR-R FiberPure Optical Unit