Barton Fabrications, the largest UK silo supplier to the plastics industry, is supporting Nampak’s recycling initiative with the installation of its eleventh silo. The new silo has been installed at Nampak’s Foston site in Derbyshire and is used for recycled plastic regrind feedstock.
Nampak supplies ‘though the wall’ plastic milk containers to the major dairies and supermarkets. The installed silos support a major initiative to increase the amount of recycled polymer in its containers, and a combination of new and reconditioned vessels have been purchased for storing the plastic raw material. Previous installations of Barton silos at Nampak include its Ballymena, Trafford Park, Severnside and London sites, where they are used to store both virgin and recycled plastic regrind materials.
Commenting on how the silos support the company’s recycling initiative, Nick Smith Nampak’s Group Projects Manager said:
"We have made the investment of multiple silos on our sites to hold virgin and recycled plastic feedstock. This allows us to increase the percentage of recycled material that can be used during the blow moulding of our containers. Typically 10% of recycled material is used, but we have successfully carried out trials using up to 100% of the regrind feedstock. At present, the amount of recycled material we can use is only limited by the availability of the regrind feedstock.
"All the silos we have specified are single skinned aluminium construction. Barton Fabrications was selected as they understand, and can deliver, the high standards of cleanliness and build quality that we require. The company is well organised, professional and has been extremely flexible managing the storage, installation and refurbishment of silos at our various sites."
Silo refurbishments are a regular part of Barton’s work, and can often offer a lower cost alternative to the Company’s new silos: in addition to facilitating the use of recycled raw materials, the silos themselves can be recycled.
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