Jarshire Ltd

2-ram baler reduces charity costs

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Source: Jarshire Ltd

Wastesavers Recycling is a community group based in Newport, South Wales which runs recycling services for the local area. Previously, plastic waste collected by the group was processed into 200kg bales and collected three times a week. Now, the installation of an IPS 2-Ram baler has allowed 600kg size bales to be produced, thus reducing the need for collection to just one per week. With the number of bales reduced from 30 to 10, fewer loads being transported down the motorway and both environmental benefits as well as cost savings have accrued.

Wastesavers is a non-profit-making charity with a trading arm. It works to run a number of schemes in SE Wales including education and training programmes for those on the margins of society including young people who have been excluded from school. It also runs a charity shop that reuses white goods and furniture, making these available to people on low income, however, the largest scheme is the kerbside collection of recyclables from Newport residents.

The kerbside collection of mixed plastic for recycling is a joint venture with Newport County Council and creates a useful source of revenue for the charity. PET, drinks bottles, food containers and film from both domestic and commercial sources are collected.

This volume had increased to maximum capacity and Wastesavers’ General Manager, Ian Syms, set about finding a more efficient baling and recycling system - this research leading to IPS balers and their UK agent Jarshire Limited. A robust and cost effective product, together with a good lead-time compared to the competition, clinched the sale and, although early days, the simplicity and reliability of the baler has impressed.

Operation of the baler is straightforward needing only ½ hour instruction and, being fully automatic, a dedicated operator is not required, merely to be nearby, thus allowing him to carry out other tasks.

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