Archiv – Corus Steel Packaging Recycling (CSPR) has helped U.K.-based Yorwaste to increase the efficiency of its sorting operations by providing a new overband magnet for the extraction of steel cans from kerbside material. Corus Steel Packaging Recycling (CSPR) has helped U.K.-based Yorwaste to increase the efficiency of its sorting operations by providing a new overband magnet for the extraction of steel cans from kerbside material. The new magnet is four times faster than its predecessor and has led to improvements in processing times and the overall efficiency of the can sorting business.
Yorwaste, a local authority-owned waste disposal company in North Yorkshire, opened a materials recycling facility (MRF) at Hessay, near York, in May last year. The firm operates eight waste management facilities in North Yorkshire and 23 household waste recycling centres. These facilities receive a total of 750 000 tonnes of locally-generated waste each year.
The new MRF has permitted kerbside collection of dry recyclables – including steel cans – to be expanded, although efforts to provide clean material for reprocessors have been hampered by inefficient separation facilities.
Yorwaste currently processes around 100 tonnes of steel cans a year from 33 000 households in York and Harrogate, as well as from ’bring’ sites in the Ryedale area. Plans to bring on board a further 20 000 households by the end of 2003 means the firm has the potential to double its steel can recovery rate.
The steel cans are destined for delivery to an approved CanRoute centre for subsequent recycling at a Corus steel plant.
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