Solid Recovered Fuel the green alternative to landfill

The DEFRA 2010/2011 Local Authority Collected Waste Management Statistics for England revealed 58.8% of all household waste is not being recycled.

This 14 million tonne waste mountain, equivalent to 264 kg per person, contains high calorific material that can be converted to Refuse Derived or Solid Recovered Fuel.

Converting domestic waste to fuel is tried and tested. The collected waste is air separated and dried to remove much of the odour and prevent stagnation. This waste is then shredded and transferred to windrows. After two or three weeks in windrows the material is stable, sanitized and almost odourless. Separating the material is the next step, magnets; Eddy Current separators; screens; vibratory tables and weight separation equipment remove all of the non combustible or valuable materials. Once baled and wrapped the remaining, high calorific, material is used as solid recovered fuel. Compliance with a series of European Standards, ensure a high level of quality control, giving SRF users confidence in a product, which has been shown to have a consistently high energy content, a high carbon neutral biomass and low moisture content.

Solid recovered fuel has the benefit of reducing environmental impact, conserving fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Solid recovered fuel producers in the U.K. are benefiting from research and development carried out, over a number of years, by Macpresse. A world leader in the design and manufacture of baling presses and shredding equipment Macpresse have married their equipment to bale wrapping lines - equipment that wraps the entire bale in plastic film keeping out moisture and maintaining the integrity of the bale during extended storage. They have also developed plastic baling wire that burns easily and actually increases the calorific value of the baled fuel. Macpresse is the only baling press that is capable of using both the plastic baling wire and steel baling wire on the same machine, giving the operator complete freedom when baling different materials.

R.C.P have installed Macpresse equipment at many of the nations most prestigious recovered fuel processing plants. All Macpresse machines are capable of baling solid recovered fuel and work in harmony with equipment from other manufacturers. Typically a machine such as the Mac 111/1 is capable of baling and wrapping 45 bales of SRF per hour, each bale having an average weight of 1.4 tonnes and tied with 5 SRF friendly plastic wires.

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