A £500,000 investment has been made by Recycling UK (RUK) Group to upgrade equipment at its Oswestry Waste Paper site in Shropshire.
The final part of this investment has seen a 15-year-old PAAL baling press removed and replaced with a new Kadant PAAL Konti V600j series, which is the first in the UK with a large bale format designed to process up to 55 tonnes per hour. It will work with the existing Lindeman baling press and Imabe industrial hogger.
Material at Oswestry is collected from Shropshire, Cheshire, North Wales and the West Midlands and supplied to mills in the UK, Europe, India and the Far East.
RUK Group managing director Neil Clarke said: “Even though locally sourced packaging material collected has reduced during recent lockdowns, RUK Group as a whole has increased tonnages during the last 12 months by sourcing more loose, baled and palletised material nationally. This has been processed through Oswestry and other third-party locations throughout the UK. This investment will help us to continue processing more material through Oswestry in future.
“We also took on a long-term contract on 1 July 2020 to service a very large printer, and this entailed supplying nine compactor units and associated equipment.”
The Oswestry site currently processes around 1,000 tonnes per week of multiple grades of waste paper. RUK Group overall handles over 350,000 tonnes of material per year.