Avondale Environmental signs maintenance contract with R.C.P SA

Avondale Environmental has negotiated a five year preventative maintenance contract with R.C.P SA, suppliers of the press, conveyor and wrapping line for its recently opened Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Polmont, Central Scotland.

The R.C.P SA contract provides regular maintenance; replacement parts, consumables and emergency breakdown cover at a fixed cost for the full term of the contract.

Avondale's MRF has the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes of refuse - the equivalent of all of Glasgow's black bag waste - with 60% of the municipal solid waste (MSW) processed by the plant being diverted from going to landfill through recycling and by producing fuel from the waste, for energy production.

At the heart of the new facility is a Macpresse, Mac 108/1 SP baling press and feed conveyor. This special (SP) press has additional Hardrox wear resistant material to combat the caustic action of the material being processed. As the finished bales are to be used for fuel the standard steel tying wire has been replaced with high calorific, burnable plastic wire. To further enhance their calorific value and improve bale integrity each bale is automatically wrapped in plastic film by the Rotowrap 30 bale wrapping line.

Macpresse trained engineers carry out the work ensuring the press is always working to optimum capacity.

Colin Cooper Managing Director, Avondale Environmental Said: "RCP SA were chosen as preferred supplier because of their ability to demonstrate a reliable, trouble free operation with proven technology in the baling and wrapping of Municipal Solid Waste and Refuse Derived Fuel. This exemplary track record combined with their exceptional aftersales service fitted our requirements".

Although initially more expensive than rival manufacturers, Macpresse full life costs are significantly cheaper with lower running costs, increased uptime and minimal downtime.

Working with both private and public sector customers Avondale has supported Scotland's sustainability ambitions by investing in the development of waste as a source of renewable energy and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. The MRF will serve a wide range of existing clients including industrial, municipal and private sector customers. It offers a viable alternative to landfill which is facing increasing fiscal and policy pressures, such as the landfill tax escalator, as part of the Government's push to increase the amount of recycling and alternative uses for waste.

The new plant is powered by methane gas, converted by onsite landfill gas engines into renewable electricity further endorsing the plants enviable sustainability credentials.

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