Casepak Celebrates Grand Opening of New UK Recycling Facility
Leicester, UK — Casepak celebrated the official launch of its $33 million Materials RecoveryFacility (MRF) in Leicester, UK on January 16 with presentations and tours of the facility that features a custom-designed sorting system engineered, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS).
Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach attended the event as guest of honor. “I’m delighted to be able to come and open this new recycling plant,” he said. “There are huge business opportunities in the growing recycling industry and Casepak’s investment in this new plant is already showing rewards.”
“This is a major milestone for Casepak,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director at Casepak, a leading UK waste management company. “Since the MRF became operational in September we have already secured contracts to manage several local councils’ recyclable material streams and we aim to do more of the same in 2012.”
Due to the highly efficient and effective BHS design, Casepak is able to process material at rates significantly beyond the design capacity of 26 metric tons per hour. Productionwas recently boosted with the addition of a second shift. As soon as its first week of operation, the system was exceeding design capacity while delivering high recovery ratesof more than 95% of the available commodities at extremely high purity levels.
“Our new MRF has been developed to meet the demands of changing collection systems at the same time ensuring we produce a quality end product,” says Kevin Thomas, Director – MRF Operations. “This is not a waste treatment facility – it’s a production process for essential materials and, as with any production process, quality is the key. Our system is based on a combination of robust screen and optical sorting technology to achieve the best possible quality output.”
According to Casepak officials, the new facility is the first in the UK to incorporate screening technology to recognize and separate the highly compacted plastic and metal food packaging found in household recycling collections.
“We are the first MRF to import this technology from the USA,” says Thomas “It ensures that items such as small plastic bottles and yogurt cups that are easily squashed during the collection process are identified and separated, ensuring that they are recovered and retain their resource value.”
The MRF also featuresthe patented BHS De-Inking Screen® which separates fiber grades, another key factor in the purity of commodities, Thomas says. The system also includesa mixed fiber optical unit, a film handling system and a full optical container line for plastics recovery.