One Machine Replaces Two at Country’s First Waste Incineration Facility

UNTHA Shredder Boosts RDF Production & Metal Recycling at Turkish WtE Plant

Austrian shredding equipment manufacturer, UNTHA, has completed the installation of a single step XR3000C at Turkey’s first solid waste incineration plant.

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Austrian shredding equipment manufacturer, UNTHA, has completed the installation of a single step XR3000C at Turkey’s first solid waste incineration plant.

According to UNTHA the new shredder has improved Modern Enerji’s metal recycling efforts while boosting the production of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).

The manufacturer said that the XR installation came about when Modern Enerji – part of Eren Holdings – sought a more effective technique for shredding its high calorific waste stream.

The team had been processing pulper ropes from the neighbouring paper mill, operated by sister-company and Turkey’s largest corrugated fibreboard producer, Modern Karton.

When handled effectively, pulper rope waste is said to provide an ideal RDF feedstock. However, it is also said to be a notoriously complex bi-product of paper manufacturing and not easy to shred.

UNTHA explained that to tackle the material a XR3000C a single-step RDF shredder has now replaced two dual-shaft machines that had previously struggled to separate metals from the multifarious blend of plastics and paper.

With a three metre cutting chamber and two knife rows, the XR is claimed to now handle six tonnes of pulper ropes and 10 tonnes of pre-shredder paper reject per hour.

The firm said that the result is a high quality, 50mm RDF for Modern Enerji’s own power generation, and the segregation and extraction of saleable metals for recycling. 

“Modern Enerji is one of Turkey’s most renowned brands when it comes to sustainable thinking and environmentally progressive electricity generation,” said UNTHA’s waste to energy specialist Andreas Neureiter.

“They first approached us for a secondary shredder that could help clean the metal out of their processed pulper ropes,” he continued. “Our response was, why run two or more machines, when you can achieve your desired output in a single step?“

“We invited them to trial our technology in Austria, using an equivalent material stream, and the results proved our concept,” added Neureiter.

Commissioned in late spring, the XR has now been operational in this northwestern city of Corlu for four months, and is projected to handle 45,000 tonnes of waste per year.

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