Scottish waste company invests in solar powered waste compactor

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Highlander International Recycling, a Scottish-based independent paper recycling company, recently installed a solar powered waste compactor fitted with bin tipper at Arjo Wiggins in Aberdeen - reportedly the first machine of its kind in Scotland.

The installation is said to be part of a long-term contract between Highlander and Arjo where all non-hazardous waste materials are collected and processed with the objective of sending zero waste to landfill. It also included provision of a normal mains driven compactor and tipper unit in another area of the site.

Stephen Duffy, director at Highlander, said: “We have been recycling Arjo’s waste for several years now and the need for compaction machinery was evident, from some general waste load weights being on the light side. One of the areas where we wanted to site a compactor with tipper system had no power supply available, so a solar powered machine was put forward as a solution which has just been made a reality.

“The machine itself comes with a tipper system for 1100 litre wheeled bins which are located around the entire Arjo facility for general, non-recyclable waste. The solar panels power a battery which in turn runs the compactor and is one of the first static machines to ever run from a 24-volt motor. The only difference between this unit and the standard mains-powered compactor we also supplied is that the cycle times are a little slower, however the crushing force is exactly the same as the mains powered compactor.

“These compactors will reduce general waste volumes and collection frequencies at Arjo dramatically and will also help maintain the quality of the recovered paper we recycle at the mill, by keeping general waste contamination out of our paper recycling bins”

Duffy said the machine was supplied by Dave Knowles of Clydesdale Technical services.

"This represents a £50,000 total investment in equipment which we estimate will save Arjo about £30,000 in collection and disposal costs over the contract period," added the MD.

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