Commercial Waste recycling Management Company, UK| Zero to Landfill

Commercial Waste recycling Management Company, UK| Zero to Landfill

This is Devon — arguably the most beautiful
county in England. Yet every year the county sends 600,000 tonnes of waste to landfill.
That’s equivalent to eight and a half QE11s or seven thousand, six hundred and eighty
two 747s. For millions of years, nature managed waste here and she recycled everything. Now
Devon Contract Waste is aiming to do the same by launching their Zero to Landfill initiative!
However well managed, landfill is a huge and costly problem. Not only is it unsightly,
it produces methane, an atmospheric pollutant far more damaging than CO2; and toxic leachate,
a liquid run-off that has to be extensively treated to make it safe. Landfill management
costs Devon in the region of twenty million pounds a year and that, of course, is paid
for by those who live and work here. As well as the landfill itself, the cost of
picking up and transporting waste is high, both in monetary and environmental terms.
Until now, it has been necessary to separate all waste types before collection and transport
it in different vehicles. Uniquely in Devon, DCW can now pick up the majority of your waste
in one go, saving you time and money and reducing the carbon footprint of your collection.
This is possible because DCW have invested over four million pounds in a new state-of-the-art
materials recycling facility. Housed here at Envirohub, their new site at Marsh Barton,
Exeter, this plant is the only one of its kind in the South West and one of only a handful
in the entire UK. The plant is capable of processing 300 tonnes per day and will play
a pivotal role in the Zero to Landfill programme. So how does it work? Unsorted mixed waste is transported to Envirohub
from around the county and is emptied out at the plant. From the ground, it is lifted
by a mechanical grabber and placed into the hopper where it is shredded down to a maximum
size of 300 millimetres. The shredder is fitted with an adjustable setting to ensure an even
feed and spread of materials across the belts on the whole plant. This is necessary for
the advanced optical technology used in the plant to view and sort the waste efficiently.
From the shredder the waste is fed via a long incline belt to the trommel screen. This big
drum tumbles the waste to separate all fine material such as soil and dust, and organics
such as food waste, which would otherwise contaminate the recycled products. This filters
out of the base of the trommel and will be turned into a refuse-derived fuel product,
known as RDF. Everything else continues on to the ballistic
separator. The rotating paddles on this belt walk everything upwards but only the two dimensional
material makes it over onto the next sorting line. The three dimensional items can’t make
it to the top and fall back onto the 3D line below.
From the top of the separator, the 2D material now falls onto the accelerator belt passing
under the first optical sorter. The optics are positioned over the belt and recognise
the different classes of material. Here, this optic is set to separate soft plastic film.
When it sees an item of soft plastic approaching, it triggers a jet of air which hits the item
as it crosses the end of the belt, blowing it on to the conveyor that sits behind the
optic hood. From there, it passes to a hand-picking belt where any contamination is removed. However,
the process is so effective that it isn’t usually necessary for this to be manned.
The material that is still on the belt after the first optic drops down onto the second
accelerator belt beneath. It then passes the second optic, which is set to select all paper
and card products, which fall into the bay behind the optic hood and down onto the hand
picking belt where any contamination is removed. Usually there are two people working on this
belt to ensure the highest possible quality. So back to the 3D material. Firstly, this
is conveyed past a powerful magnet which removes all ferrous metal . What remains is then passed
through the eddy current machine which removes all non-ferrous metals such as aluminium.
All metals are collected in the skips below. The non-metallic material left on the belt
then does two passes through the third optic. The first pass recovers plastic on one side
and the second pass recovers all paper and card on the other. Anything left will also
go into RDF. All the sorted non-metallic materials end
up in these bays below the plant. Periodically the contents will be baled and wrapped ready
to be transported. So where does it all go? The metals will be
sent for recycling back into raw material locally. Recovered paper is classed as ‘hard
mix’ and will be recycled into tissue such as toilet roll and hand towels. Plastics are
recycled in the UK into new products; some obvious ones such as carrier bags and bin
liners, but also fleeces, umbrellas, children’s toys and car bumpers. Card is generally shipped
to China for recycling. As this is backhauled on ships that have delivered consignments
from China into the UK, the carbon footprint is minimised.
All pretty impressive! DCW have been in the waste management business
for over twenty years and in that time they have seen awareness of the environmental problems
of waste increase. While most businesses recognise the need for recycling, DCW know you don’t
want to have to spend too much time organising it and this new technology will greatly simplify
the process. Whether clear sacks, wheelie bins or the new front end loaders, DCW can
handle them all swiftly and efficiently and their customers can be confident that they
are doing the best for the environment, both locally and globally, with minimum fuss. The
company’s commitment to reducing landfill is clearly demonstrated by the huge investment
being made in this new plant and by utilizing this service you will be helping to keep Devon
green and pleasant for generations to come. For more information on how DCW can help you
solve your waste management issues and to join the Zero to Landfill campaign, contact
them on 01392 361300 or go to


  1. TERRY BAILEY says:

    So do DCW send any waste to landfill from this new plant of yours . so to me this looks good , and i think its somethink needs to go across the hole of the uk .
    This kind of thing could stop alot of waste going to landfill and create more jobs on the money all councils save .

  2. Andre Silva says:

    I'm thinking about opening a recycling in the future.I wonder how much is necessary to invest in such machinery.

  3. Andre Silva says:

    In Brazil we have open doors for this kind of business.

  4. Macauley Fulcher says:

    Hay could I use this in a Presentation about Recycling For my College Coursework Please?

  5. Gaiaca Cannabis Waste Management And Disposal says:

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