R Collard

Introducing our Terex plant

Our brand new multi-million pound Terex recycling plant has given our Reading recycling centre a boost. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of months of work including building a significant extension to our existing materials recovery facility, doubling it in size to increase our processing capacity. It will help ensure we continue to process commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste effectively; maximising our already industry-leading recovery and recycling rates.

The plant is specifically tailored to meet our needs, including our site and the material we will be processing. The technology developed by Terex has incorporated advanced mechanical separation which will help us to achieve our goal of increased processing capacity and the ability to recover products of higher purity than before to divert even more from landfill.

How it works: 

  • Skip material is loaded into the waste feeder which is conveyed to a combi screen, separating it into four size fractions (including 0-10mm, 10-50mm, 50-100mm and over 100mm) using a combination of 3-D and flip-flow screening.
  • Next, over-band magnets recover any ferrous metals from the three smallest fractions
  • At the same time air separators remove light material from the two medium sized fractions, 10-50mm and 50-100mm. 
  • Two Manual Quality Control Picking Stations are manned by our team working hard to ensure everything is separated as it should be, with no outliers including one station focussing on removing any remaining contaminants from the 10-100mm heavy fraction.
  • Non-ferrous metal is removed using an Eddy Current Separator on the 10-100mm heavy fraction.
  • Next, the second manual quality control picking station is at work with our team of operators recovering materials including wood, card and plastic from the +100mm fraction, while the over-band magnet recovers any ferrous metal. 
  • Lastly, an air separator is used to remove light material from the +100mm fraction.

The outcome is a highly efficient plant that is processing skip waste—a mixture of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste—to produce 0-10mm fines, ferrous metals, clean 10-100mm heavy fraction (inert), non-ferrous metals, wood, plastic, paper & card, and clean +100m heavy fraction (inert) materials.

Robert Collard, managing director of Collard Group explains:

“We’re driven by a zero waste to landfill commitment so we’re always striving to take waste and process it to make it useful again and this new plant will help us do just that. Not only will it help us achieve our environmental goals, but the new plant will contribute towards helping us further improve our already industry-leading recycling rates.

“Terex Recycling Systems and Molson Green worked with us to ensure the design, delivery and installation of our new plant worked around our site operations, also taking into consideration our site preparation works that included foundations, building modifications and power supply. Close collaboration between all parties ensured our requirements in terms of output were met, whilst also keeping the plant footprint to a minimum to aid our site operations.”

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