Overview

Size-Reduction

All normal non-hazardous Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), including black bag waste, putriscibles, discarded furniture etc. can be accepted and processed. This waste stream includes cardboard and paper products, and all plastics, co-mingled. The material is shredded and ground, thereby exposing the maximum surface for the next process.

Steam Sterilisation

Continuous processing and agitation at temperature and pressure enables the steam to render the waste steam completely inert and to break down carbon bonds within the cellulosic material (that derived from plants and wood).

The resulting fibre, plastics and other residue are then ground, sampled, analysed and blended to provide the feedstock to the plastics plant. Here, the cellulosic material takes up the plastic to form a cohesive material which incorporates all the other sterile material within it.
Community Sensitivities

Plastics Extrusion plant

This plant extrudes the waste output into a variety of useful items. It can be extruded, cast, moulded etc. Applications for which the material is ideal include external fencing, municipal street furniture, garden furniture and sheds, decking and marine piling as the material has the following attributes, as it:

  • Can be used externally in place of natural timber without any treatment (such as creosote)
  • Emerges fully pre-shaped, avoiding the need for most subsequent preparation and machining
  • Can be machined and worked with hand tools just like timber; Is rot proof, insect rejecting and graffiti resistant
  • Has fire resistance similar to timber
  • Reduces demand on natural timber
  • Is very durable and comes without knots or splinters
  • Retains fastenings (nails and screws) better than timber
  • Is very cost-effective
  • Can have its characteristics modified, e.g. colour, and mechanical properties such as flexibility, strength, weight, UV light degradation etc.