Blue Group chooses TOMRA's sensor-based sorting technology as part of Cireco’s multimillion pound MRF upgrade
A multimillion-pound plant refurb and investment in new equipment from TOMRA Recycling has helped boost material recovery rates and more than doubled capacity at Cireco’s state-of-the-art MRF in Dunfermline, Fife, on Scotland’s east coast.
The MRF has been designed as a high-capacity dual plant to process two Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) waste streams collected from c.160,000 Fife households. On alternate weeks, the plant processes mixed cans and plastics and then and paper and cardboard (fibre).
Having worked with TOMRA Recycling on several projects over the past six years, Blue Group recommended installing four TOMRA AUTOSORT® units as part of the upgrade. The units combine near infrared (NIR) and visual spectrometers (VIS) to accurately and quickly recognise and separate different materials according to their material type and colour, extracting high-purity high-value end fractions.
Robin Baird, Chief Operating Officer at Cireco, adds: “Working in partnership with TOMRA from inception to delivery allowed us to deliver a first-class facility designed for our specific requirements and material. By taking the time to listen to our needs and fully sample our material, TOMRA ensured the package offered would deliver on our exacting standards. Our installation period covered the middle of the global pandemic and, despite this, TOMRA still hit installation targets and deadlines which was critical to our business due to increased waste volumes. We look forward to continuing to work with them on future projects."
A timelapse video of the MRF upgrade recorded by Blue Group can be found here.