HB60 HM2 Channel Baler for Teignbridge District Council’s Transfer Station

Middleton to Supply New Waste Baler as Devon Council Looks to Boost Recycling

Middleton Engineering has secured a contract with Teignbridge District Council in South Devon to help it meet increased recycling volumes at its Newton Abbot waste transfer and bulking station.

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Recycling equipment manufacturer, Middleton Engineering, has secured a contract with Teignbridge District Council in South Devon to help it meet increased recycling volumes at its Newton Abbot waste transfer and bulking station.

The Glastonbury, UK based company said that the deal includes the supply and installation of a new Scapa HB60 HM2 channel baler and associated equipment.

Due for installation at the beginning of April and currently in fabrication at Middleton’s factory in Somerset, the new baler will be used initially to process and bale growing waste cardboard (OCC) volumes from domestic waste collections, producing compact mill-size bales ready for onward shipment to re-processors. 

With ambitious council targets for recycling, Teignbridge was the highest performing Devon Council in 2016/17 and second in the South West. OCC volumes currently stand at around 3000 tonnes per annum and are expected to continue rising over the next two decades as recycling rates improve and new housing is introduced.

Under the contract, which followed a formal tender, Middleton Engineering is also supplying an inclined chain conveyor to optimise material feed and loading for the baler, together with new bay walls to increase storage for loose cardboard at the Council’s Forde Road Depot.

“Teignbridge has a proud history of high recycling rates and we continue to strive to increase them,” said Chris Braines, Waste and Cleansing Manager, at Teignbridge District Council. "With growing volumes of waste cardboard arriving at our transfer and bulking station, an automated baler to boost capacity and throughput was essential. Middleton Engineering has proposed the best solution for the council, both cost effective and future proof to provide the capacity we need over the next 20 years.”

According to Middleton, with a press force of 60 tonnes and an output of 5 to 7 tonnes per hour, the fully automated HB60 HM2 will provide a robust baling solution engineered to provide more than 20 years hard working life.

The manufacturer added that as the work horse of many council and commercial material recycling facilities, the HB60 range offers a small footprint and low headroom making particularly attractive where there are site constraints or limited space.

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