METALS RECYCLING Shredder boosts recycling capacity
Van Dalen, a leading European recycler of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, is boosting its capacity in the UK. The Dutch company has invested over £6M in a state-of-the-art ferrous
shredder and a non-ferrous facility at the company’s Sheffield headquarters. It is also expanding its facilities in South-east England with the creation of new roles in purchasing and opera- tions. Twenty five new jobs will be created as part of the company’s addi- tional investment.
Founded in 1947, Van Dalen oper- ates 17 shredding and baling sites in the UK and northern Europe. Since setting up UK operations 12 years ago, the company has supplied the major steel mills, as well as a large number of foundries. Van Dalen also operates deep sea facilities to enable export to markets worldwide.
The new metal shredder
Over the last year, the company has increased the total capacity in the UK market to 500,000 tonnes per year. Van Dalen hopes to double that figure over the next three years, through a mixture
of operational investments and strate- gic partnerships.
The company sources its metals from household waste, scrap mer- chants, foundries and factories. “Going forward, the shredder will transform our Sheffield facility, mak- ing it a state-of-the-art metal recycling centre,” says Tom Bird, Van Dalen UK managing director. “The focus on non-ferrous opera- tions will complement our existing success in the ferrous arena, helping us to grow volume and market share. In turn, we hope to provide further investment and job creation opportuni- ties in the UK.”
The new metals shredder started operating at Christmas and will be officially launched in March.
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tors who don’t act soon may face a bottleneck in equipment supply and fitting as the deadline approaches. Eminox argues that operators should ideally be compliant by September lat- est in order to avoid a final rush. Many local authority fleet managers operating vehicles affected by the first phases of the LEZ enforcement back in 2008 have benefitted from Eminox’s two TfL-approved full filtration retrofit systems – the Eminox CRT (Continuously Regenerating Trap), which is complemented by the FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst) for smaller vehicles. Some operators already recognise the need to act prompt-
Step on the gas to beat LEZ deadline
The next phases of London’s Low Emission Zone are less than seven months away. Mike Galey argues that specialist vehicle operators should act now to avoid paying the price of non-compliance
argues that specialist vehicle operators
estimates that 145,000 vehicles will fail to comply with the ic climate, are
expecting more than 20,000 to take the retrofit compliance option. With so many vehicles requiring retrofit technology, e
new restrictions, and in the current economic trofit
there are fears within the industry that those operators who com-
leave it too long will be caught in a last minute rush to com- ply and potentially miss the deadline.
The first waves of the London LEZ took effect back in February 2008 and saw all diesel-engine vehicles over 3.5 tonnes required to meet the Euro 3 emission standard for particulate matter. These earlier phases of the London LEZ only affected a small proportion of vehicles. However, the next stage will impact significantly on a greater number of vehicles.
Phases 3 and 4 of the London LEZ come into force in January. Phase 3 will extend the range of vehicles affected to include minibuses and vehicles from 1.2 tonnes, and phase 4 will set a tougher standard of Euro 4 for particulate mat- ter for buses, coaches, trucks and specialist vehicles over 3.5 tonnes – including road sweepers and refuse collection
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ransport for London (TfL) is tightening the emission standards and widening the scope (LEZ)
with the new phase coming into force on 3 January 2012. TfL
of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) restrictions
e 3 and 4 restrictions TfL
before driving within the London LEZ. The expected increase
From being one of the worst local authority performers in England for recycling, Rochford District Council has transformed its service. A contract with UPM has added to both partners’ green credentials. Nick Warburton reports
to 3.5 tonnes registered as new before 1 January 2002 will not meet the new restrictions
vehicles. Specialist vehicles over 3.5 tonnes registered as new before 1 October 2006 and vehicles fr registered
from 1.2 tonnes up restrictions and will need to take action
by the new restrictions has heightened the industry’s con- cerns and the need for operators to fully understand the options on the table and act now to avoid paying the price of non-compliance.
The penalties are high. Operators who leave it too late will need to pay a daily charge of £200 for every non-compli- ant vehicle that has to travel into the LEZ, up to £1,000 for non-payment. Operators have three
LEZ, or face a fine of non-payment.
new vehicles, pay the daily charge, or retrofit with approved technology. Given the current economic climate, small- to-medium-sized operators often do not see the first two options as financially viable. Retrofitting with approved emissions technology becomes a cost-effective route to compliance for operators who make between 15-30 or more journeys inside the LEZ. The latest estimate
estimate from TfL is that more phases 3 and 4. With more than 20,000
vehicles will need retrofitting to meet the requirements of With expected demand being so high, opera-
Waste not, want not
increase in the number of vehicles affected con-
earlier, the Essex local authority had achieved a mere 17% recycling rate; a performance so poor that it warranted out side help.
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grant for low-performing local authorities,” says Cathy Cook, Rochford DC’s senior recycling officer. “We then got it up to 19% in a year, just through publicity.” Last year, Rochford’s recycling rate hit 63%; an impres-
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sive achievement that brought a string of accolades – win- ner in the local authority target success category at the 2009 National Recycling awards and runner-up at the 2010 Green Apple awards. While this year’s figures have yet to be audited, the current recycling rate is around 65%, with an aspiration to reach 70% in the next few years. The scheme’s overnight success comes down to two important factors. The first was council members’ decision to prioritise recycling as a service. By coupling a long-term strategy for boosting recycling with the allocation of care- fully targeted resources, the recycling service had the impe- tus to drive up the recycling rate. Equally important, Rochford DC also needed to engage
The inside of the pre-shredder
with the local community early on in the process to glean what residents wanted, as well as identify any problems the public might face around recycling. Once this was done, the recycling service made sure the new scheme was as simple as possible so as to encourage participation. Before rolling the scheme out in July 2008, Rochford DC
only collected three recycling streams – glass, cans and paper. A small 44-litre recycling crate was given to each household
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for these materials while most of the waste was placed in a larger 240-litre bin for residuals destined for landfill. Under the new contract, Rochford DC expanded the range of materials that could be recycled to include all cardboard, including greeting cards, and certain plastics – essentially food trays and drink and cosmetic bottles. The 240-litre bin was rebranded to take the dry recyclables while a smaller bin was introduced for the residual waste. At the same time, a third 140-litre bin was introduced for green garden waste and food waste.
The compostable waste is collected every week, and the recycling and non-recycling is collected on alternate weeks with the compostable waste stream. As a further service enhancement, the council also works with a local textile company, which recycles textiles deposited with dry recy- cling kerbside collections.
“When we communicated the scheme, we had a ti approach,” says Richard Evans, head of environmental
t’s often the simplest things in life that prove the most successful. That was cer tainly the ethos behind Rochford District Council’s maximise recycling scheme when it was rolled out in July 2008. Only a year
cer- warranted out-
ly. For example, MTS Cleansing Services Ltd, which ates a large fleet of road tankers in the South-east, chose CRT technology to upgrade its specialist liquid waste ers. MTS has a fleet of 240 road tankers, 38 of which do not meet the phase 4 requirements. In other words, they faced a costly replacement programme. MTS had fitted Eminox systems in the past and decided
the retrofit option with the CRT technology was the most cost-effective solution for its road tankers. The CRTs were fitted at Eminox’s new London customer service centre, which was recently opened just outside the LEZ, six miles from Heathrow. MTS are now fully compliant ahead of the 3 January deadline. The CRT system has been a popular choice for operators
As part of its zero waste to landfill strategy Cwikskip has installed equipment to shred materials that can’t be recycled and would go to landfill into a product that can be reused. Katie Coyne reports
A beautiful partnership A
state-of-the-art, shredding and pre-shredding line and build- ings. The firm already recycles the wood, plastics, paper and cardboard.
But the deal will allow it to turn its previously landfilled landfilled residual waste into a commodity: a refuse derived fuel (that looks a bit like confetti) that will be sold to a local cement factory where it will be burned instead of coal.
commodity: help Cwikskip achieve zero
marquee, an exchange of gifts,, speeches and mounds of what look like confetti? Could this be the beginning of a beautiful part- nership? It seems so. Cwikskip has shored up its future with a £2M investment in a build-
ifts confetti? of part- emissions. Baker OBE and chair of Cwik kip The jewel in the crown is the
– also helping to reduce emissions. This is what Kenneth Cw s
cial launch in mid-June, as a “win-win for Warwickshire”. He added: “There’s not many companies like this that have the nerve to invest over over 50% of their sales on a manu- facturing facility.”
anu- the £130,000 wind shifter or or
heavy fraction separator, the Jupiter-1800 pre-shredder. The line was produced by Austrian firm Lindner Recyclingtech, which is distributed in the UK by Mach Tech. Operations Operations director, David Ingham, argues that this piece of equipment is one of the most efficient ways of removing heavy materi- als such as metals and stones, preventing them from going into the secondary shredder
in this case the Komet 2800
ikskip described, at the line’s offi- line’s offi
Photo: UTS Biogas
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