Mid UK Case Study
Mid UK are an independent company with a proven record of working with businesses and councils to achieve a genuine 100% landfill diversion. As a UK leader in waste management services, Mid UK Recycling has a pioneering history of producing alternative fuels such as SRF. SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel) is a solid fuel prepared to demanding UK & EU standards from non-hazardous wastes, to be used as an energy source, Solid Recovered Fuels (SRF) represent a real alternative to traditional fossil fuels.
Mid UK Recycling operate four large Mechanical Recovery Treatment Plants. The purpose of MRT plants is to stabilise, dry and separate waste constituents from commercial & industrial waste residues, extracting any remaining recyclables, and produce a high quality solid recovered fuel (SRF), Mid UK Recycling has invested in the latest infrastructure and specialise in sustainable resource extraction, processing, treatment and recycling, dedicated to helping customers reduce their environmental impact by continued research and development in new and advanced technologies. It is this commitment to the latest technologies that has seen Mid UK become the largest user of Lindner Shredders worldwide, with 17 machines in daily operation across Mid UK’s facilities, 3 Jupiters, 3 Meteors, a Saturn and no less than 10 machines from the Komet range of shredders.
MID UK Recycling presently supplies its SRF products, including SRF produced to CEN/343 ANAS standards, into industrial thermal applications, CHP plants, cement works and large industrial furnaces. The materials demanded by the end users are subject to strict contractual terms, failure of the process equipment or the equipment not meeting the throughput requirements can cause serious issues for the company, issues that Mid UK themselves experienced in the past whilst operating shredding equipment from our competitors, in 2009 and following a visit to a number of operational facilities in Germany, Mid UK purchased a Lindner Jupiter 3200 pre-shredder and two Lindner Komet 2200 secondary shredders. ‘We were initially impressed with the tour of the companies in Germany’ states Chris Mountain, Mid UK, Managing Director,’ but equally the shredders we have consistently produce the product we stipulated at the volume promised by MachTech during the initial procurement contract,’
Seven years later and a multi-million pound investment in 14 further machines, Mid UK still operate the original machinery on a daily basis and report that there has been no noticeable difference in either the cost of operation or the volume of material produced by the equipment. ‘What stands out for me regarding Lindner equipment is that they are so easy to operate and also to carry out the routine maintenance procedures and that once trained by MachTech, our staff can work on any of the shredders and be assured that the skills utilised are transferable throughout the entire Lindner range’ says Andrew Thornton, Maintenance Manager at Mid UK’s Caythorpe site.
‘All machines experience problems, whether it’s an initial manufacturing problem or a fault generated three or four years down the line, the important thing is that someone takes the issue in hand and solves it, giving us operational machines as quickly as possible, from my experience at our Barkston site, MachTech are that company’ Joe Elsey, Head of Production, Mid UK Barkston.’ The professionalism of MachTech installation engineers and the subsequent dealings with both Lindner and MachTech’s Aftersales teams confirm to us that we had found a long term shredding machine supplier’.
Mid UK Recycling also undertakes research work with waste producers, the energy generation sector, and the environment agency with the aim of improving all requirements and constraints. MachTech have worked closely with Mid UK on a number of Research & Development projects over the past seven years, projects which have enabled the Lincolnshire company to increase productivity and machine availability on a number of varying waste material streams.