Business in Brief - 26/04/2021

STADLER installs mechanical sorting plant in Ibiza

STADLER has completed the installation of a new 50,000 m2 mechanical sorting plant in Ca na Puxta, Ibiza.

The sorting systems manufacturer had the new facility commissioned in December 2020 by construction company Ute Giref, which has been charged with the planning, construction and management of the facilities for the Ibiza and Formentera Waste Management Plan.

STADLER has advised that the sorting plant will consist of three automated lines; two of which are twinned lines that are used to sort urban solid waste and light packaging on separate shifts.

A third, independent line is dedicated to organic waste from segregated collection and uses the latest sorting technologies for biological treatment processes.

Luis Sánchez, STADLER Operations Director in Spain, commented: “The process uses the latest technology to increase recovery rates and sort the majority of the recyclable materials.

“The facility is designed to process up to 120,000 tonnes of urban solid waste, 6,000 tonnes of packaging and 20,000 tonnes of organic waste from segregated collection.”

Toni Roig, Facility Manager for Ute Gireg, added: “STADLER has supported us and provided specialist advice throughout the plant start-up process.

“This has enabled us to achieve optimal waste treatment ratios in record time. Based on our experience, we can say that STADLER is synonymous with professionalism.”

Viridor and Rock Solid announce five-year IBA contract

Waste management company Viridor has announced a five-year contract with Rock Solid Processing for the processing of incinerator bottom ash (IBA) in Scotland.

The contract, which is due to become operational later this year, will see the two companies process 65,000 tonnes per annum of IBA from the Dunbar ERF, allowing the material to be diverted from landfill.

The ash will be collected by Rock Solid from the ERF and delivered to an IBA processing facility close to Cowdenbeath, west of Fife.

According to Viridor Chief Operations Officer Pierre Dorel, the IBA will be used locally in Scotland within the construction and concrete industry, which will reduce the need to extract virgin materials from existing quarries.

Mr Dorel added: “Viridor believes that all waste should have a purpose and the contract agreed with Rock Solid is evidence of that commitment.

“Across Viridor’s UK energy recovery fleet we are committed to partnering with companies which share this commitment and ambition to recycle and reuse resources where this opportunity exists.”

Rock Solid Processing General Manager commented: “Not only does this agreement further expand Rock Solid’s already expanding portfolio of IBA processing operations in Scotland, it also demonstrates and reinforces both Viridor’s and Scotland’s commitment to providing a compliant, reliable and viable option for the complete recovery and re-use of all the valuable components recovered from IBA during processing.”

“There is almost zero residual waste product after the process is complete. This process is, therefore, central to any circular zero waste strategy being implemented for the benefit of the whole area and the overall Scottish environment.”

FCC Environment introduces HARSH fleet for Kent contract

Waste and resource management business FCC Environment has introduced a new fleet of vehicles made by truck manufacturers HARSH, which have been enlisted to carry out a recent contract win in Kent.

FCC Environment took over the Mid and East Kent contract last November and will now begin to use its 24 HARSH trucks across the county.

15 of the trucks are HARSH hookloaders mounted on 8X4 Arcos chassis, whilst the remaining nine are 6X2 Actros tractor units with HARSH wet kits, which have been specified to work with Knapen moving floor trailers.

The vehicles will be used to move domestic waste from a dozen household waste and recycling centres in Kent to FCC Environment’s Energy from Waste facility at Allington, near Maidstone.

According to FCC’s Head of Plant and Fleet David Simpson, HARSH vehicles where chosen for their robust construction and will be covering up to 1,000kms per week.

Simpson added: “We made the decision that the best way to service the contract was to take on an entirely new fleet of vehicles. This way, we would be able to deliver the highest possible standards of reliability, cost effectiveness and customer service.

“In turn, we consider the combination of HARSH bodywork and Mercedes-Benz chassis to be the optimum route to go in achieving the highest possible levels of vehicle performance.”

HARSH Business Development Manager, Jason Bramall, commented: “Being able to deliver 24 new trucks to a major waste and recycling company like FCC shows just how focused we now are on the whole environmental services sector.

“Whilst the HARSH / Mercedes-Benz combination is ideal for FCC’s requirements, what will really count in the longer term is our fullest possible commitment to after sales and service support.

“We are naturally delighted that FCC has been able to place their confidence in HARSH’s ability to support them in such a major new contract.”