Bespoke upgrade completed amid Covid constraints

Recyclable materials from across Ireland are now being processed at a revamped recovery facility in Tullamore, County Offaly, recently upgraded by Turmec.

The upgrade for Turmec’s long-standing client AES Bórd na Mona was completed recently, despite the constraints of the coronavirus controls, in under four weeks.

Using high-tech mechanical and manual sorting processes, more than 40,000 tonnes of materials can be segregated yearly at the facility. These recovered materials are then baled and sent to secondary processors and pulp and paper mills.

Part of the semi-state Bórd na Mona group, AES is a national waste management contractor operating collection services and depots across the Republic of Ireland. AES serves more than 130,000 domestic and 5,500 commercial customers.

Dry mixed recyclables are delivered to Tullamore in walking-floor trailers.

The highly efficient sorting process employs a series of ballistic separator, disc and ONP (office and newspaper) screens to separate plastic film, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans, stone, wood, and other materials.

Metals are extracted by a ferrous metal magnet, while an eddy current is used to separate non-ferrous and aluminium metals. A vibrating screen spreads materials passing on the conveyor so that plastic tubs and trays, HDPE and PET bottles and mixed paper can be removed by a triple eject optical sorter. Another optical sorter then identifies and separates the HDPE and PET bottles.

The plant is fully operational and Ciaran Brady, Head of Resource Recovery Bórd na Mona, thanked Turmec and the AES team for their hard work during Covid-19 to finish the upgrade.

“Our latest bespoke plant upgrade has allowed AES to significantly improve its processing capabilities at Tullamore,” said Turmec Service and Support Manager, Robert Thornton. “The plant efficiently recovers high-quality materials – from plastic film and bottles to metals, corrugated cardboard, and hard and soft mixed paper. It has been a pleasure working with the AES team to finalise this project for our long-term client.”

Turmec is known worldwide for offering bespoke plant upgrades and full-service turnkey facility solutions, working around any existing operation to minimise disruption.  

“Waste is an ever-changing industry, which means Turmec must innovate to offer its clients the best solutions, keeping them ahead of legislation and marketplace driven needs; every Turmec plant is custom designed to address specific needs and waste streams, and is planned with future growth in mind,” says Brian Thornton, Turmec’s CEO. “We can adapt to any budget, floor plan or stage of the project, whether that means a completely new plant design or an insert into an existing plant.”

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