The Island Solution
31. January 2020
Guernsey – a popular holiday destination in the middle of the English Channel that somehow belongs to but is simultaneously separate from the United Kingdom and once inspired Victor Hugo. To preserve this idyll, the Bailiwick’s waste management relies on the production of solid recovered fuels (SRF) and technology by Lindner.
Limited space, fewer tonnes, but still maximum productivity: as special requirements need smart solutions, Lindner’s Polaris 1800 shredder has been in operation at the company Island Waste, that is part of the Guernsey Recycling Group, since early 2019. Now that a year has passed, Matthew Cox, Guernsey Recycling Group’s Operations Director, takes stock: ‘The logistics of getting the shredder on site alone were quite an adventure. 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 tons of municipal waste per hour into alternative fuel. However, the shredder still has significant power reserves for possible future expansion. We can highly recommend this solution from Lindner and its regional service partner Machtech Services.’
The possible applications for Lindner shredders – like that at Island Waste – are endless, and not just on islands. Producing SRF in a single step is also perfect for areas with less waste, as Marco Egger, Area Sales Manager at Lindner Recyclingtech, knows: ‘With our smallest Polaris shredder we serve a very specific market. 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 tons of solid recovered fuels can be produced per hour. ‘With this project at Island Waste on Guernsey, we have shown that we can always offer the perfect technology – even for small-scale projects. After all, 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.
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