On the Channel Island of Guernsey, where large-scale sorting and recycling facilities are not commercially viable, Island Waste has completed its first year operating a Lindner Polaris 1800 shredder to produce Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF), but getting it there was no easy task.
“The logistics of getting the shredder on site alone were quite an adventure,” explained Matthew Cox, Operations Director at Guernsey Recycling Group – Island Waste’s parent company. “Here on Guernsey, the availability of suitable hoisting equipment is relatively limited. Consequently, we had to build the facility around the shredder and clear a whole row of bushes to get from the ferry to the construction site by lorry.
“But the effort was well worth it. Lindner’s Polaris 1800 currently transforms about 8 metric tonnes of municipal waste per hour into alternative fuel. However, the shredder still has significant power reserves for possible future expansion.”
Producing SRF is a good fit for more isolated regions with limited volumes of waste, such as islands, says Marco Egger, Area Sales Manager at Lindner Recyclingtech.
“With our smallest Polaris shredder we serve a very specific market,” he explains. “The biggest advantage, apart from the lower investment costs, is that only a magnetic separator is required in addition to the shredder to transform it into a complete system solution.”
That means that even in sparsely populated or exposed areas where the construction of a large processing facility is not feasible, more than 15 metric tonnes of solid recovered fuels can be produced per hour.
“It is always better to turn waste into a valuable resource than to dispose of it at a high cost or have waste contaminating the environment in landfills,” concludes Egger.
A video detailing the project’s execution can be viewed below.