BlueMAC MRF for Murray Browns

Published 1/7, 2015 at 15:48

In the UK the waste recycling and management contractor Murray Browns, based in Flixton, North Yorkshire, asked BlueMAC to come up with a solution for a new bespoke materials recycling facility system. The ever increasing volumes of commercial and construction and demolition waste materials that are being recycled required a new recycling plant to replace their old small recycling plant.

Blue Machinery Central teamed up with sister company BlueMAC to provide the answer. “We’d been to see some of the first BlueMAC MRFs operating in London and were extremely impressed by the design, build quality and performance,” said Murray Browns joint owner James Brown. “What we saw and heard from the owners of the plants convinced us that a BlueMAC system was the best option and, of course, our long relationship with Blue Machinery Central made the choice that much easier. We are also aware of Blue’s industry leading after-sales service and spares back-up and this too was another positive influence on our decision making process.”

The BlueMAC MRF at the Murray Browns premises has been designed and tailor-made not only to produce the required specific clean saleable recyclables. Material flow is continuous throughout the working day, with the incoming C&D and commercial waste being conveyed and processed through a series of compatible, linked machines, including two bespoke picking stations and a fines clean-up line.

A feed hopper receives the incoming waste with an incline conveyor feeding the prime screening trommel, which separates to 50mm. The resulting fines are collected beneath the trommel drum and then conveyed to an IFE flip flow screener, which is preceded by an overband magnet to extract ferrous metals. The flip flow screener produces smaller fines to 10mm with any oversize material passing on to a General Kinematics de-stoner. The residual heavy material is collected from this process and conveyed to a single bay picking station for manual separation and selection, which removes required materials by a chute to a concrete storage bay below. Oversize material from the trommel is conveyed to a second six bay picking station, where recyclable materials such as wood, plastics, cardboard, paper are sorted. The picked material is then conveyed through an overband magnet for ferrous removal to a blower that separates the lights from the heavies with the residual material being stockpiled in a bay at the end of the plant.

Murray Browns is processing in the region of 18t/h of C&D waste through their new BlueMAC materials recycling facility and the plant has been designed with capacity to spare as the volumes are destined to increase in the coming years. Murray Browns estimates that in excess of 90% is being recycled and aims for further improvement.

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