Compost firm expands business

AWO Recycling has bought a Finning Komptech Hurrikan S wind-sifter which has generated new revenue streams at both ends of its composting operation.

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford

The Cambridgeshire-based recycling plant is now able to transform previously unusable contaminated oversize material into a viable biomass product.

The biomass is then sold as a commodity to energy plants or returned to the beginning of the composting process. The  pressure blower application of the Hurrikan S separates the lighter contaminates (mostly plastics), with additional magnetic and trap door functions, enabling metals and rocks to be cleared. The mobile machine also has the option of being powered by the 66 kVA Diesel engine or off mains electricity.

AWO managing director Tom Bedford said: "Investing in the Finning Komptech Hurrikan S has allowed us to enter markets previously unavailable to us.  With the EU’s landfill taxation now standing at £80 per tonne, we can process other waste sites’ contaminated oversize for them, meaning they avoid these punitive costs. This innovation has created new profitable revenue streams at both ends of the process: up front for taking contaminated oversize waste off other sites’ hands, and at the back end where we are able to utilise the product as a tradable biomass."

AWO was running at around 18,000 tonnes of processed material per year. With the new waste streams the Finning Komptech Hurrikan S has now opened, they will be able to fully capitalise on their 25,000 tonne business licence, Bedford said.

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