This is Alderney’s second baler from Middleton Engineering and a direct replacement for an earlier machine installed back in 2006 to improve the efficiency of storing and transporting waste.
The third largest and most northerly of the Channel Islands, Alderney has a resident population of around 2,400, peaking to more than 4,000 during the summer months. Like other island communities a zero-land fill policy means all waste recycling is sent off island for processing.
Containerized transportation is a major expense, so the ability to produce consistent high quality and compact bales to optimize storage, container loading and shipping costs is key for the recycling team. Currently they sort and grade between 12 and 15 tonnes of mixed recycling per week. This includes RDF and waste paper, card, plastics, cans and tires.
Under the contract Middleton Engineering has supplied and installed a new ME80 semi-automatic baler, at the same time refurbishing an existing feed conveyor supplied with the original machine, including new bearings and belts.
A perfect all-round solution for small volume recycling operators including local authorities, the baler will handle a wide range of waste materials and with its 80 tonnes press force produces highly compact mill size bales with a throughput of two to three tonnes per hour.
Aaron Bray, States Technical Services Officer for Alderney, said: “A reliable baling solution to help drive storage and container shipping efficiencies for the island’s recycling is a crucial factor for us. Middletons have supported us over several years and with the existing machine at the end of its working life choosing them for a replacement was an easy decision. It’s a well-engineered cost-effective solution, but good family business values, great service, training and support plus a clear understanding of working with a remote community, are what make the difference.”Click here for related articles and news on Baling EquipmentSearch for Baling Equipment in our Equipment Guide
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Located in Meare, near Glastonbury in Somerset, MIDDLETON Engineering was formed in 1975 by the Proprietors, Ashley and Joan Middleton.Initially, the Company specialised in the design and production of equipment for the horticultural peat processing industry, a high proportion of which was centred in and around the Glastonbury area.A reputation ...