Sorting system specialist Stadler UK has designed, manufactured and installed a new plant upgrade for J&B Recycling’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Hartlepool. The project enables J&B to significantly improve material throughput and quality of both news & pams and hard mix grade.
Completion of the project marks the ninth year of business between the two companies, with Stadler having installed the very first J&B plant back in 2009. Since then, the two businesses have worked together to implement a series of upgrades including additional optical sorters and a second eddy current separator.
The new upgrade saw Stadler install a sensor-based sorting solution for the recovery of valuable paper fractions from comingled kerbside collections. Using the latest design software technology, Stadler was able to pre-plan the installation at its project management department in Germany. By doing this, most of the installation could be carried out while the plant was in operation, thus minimising downtime. Optical technology now enables J&B to produce the highest quality fibre grades.
Matt Tyrie, operations director at J&B Recycling, said the upgrade was planned ahead of China’s reduction in contamination for mixed paper grades and enables the company to extract maximum quality and value from current material streams.
Mr. Tyrie commented: “Maximising end product quality has always been a fundamental part of J&B’s ethos. Offtake markets have strict quality specifications on the import of materials. By working with Stadler to continually optimise our plant, we were well prepared for the current changes in the market that have hit the headlines and continue to meet even tighter demand from our end markets.”
Ruben Maistry, Sales Manager at Stadler UK, added: “J&B Recycling is a proactive recycling business, setting the standard in state-of-the-art plant technology to boost efficiency. Throughout the past nine years, we have helped the company to optimise the operation of its MRF to achieve the highest quality materials.”