UK food recycling specialist SugaRich will overhaul the shredding technology it uses at its sophisticated plant in Northamptonshire to transform high-calorie surplus food into energy-rich animal feed.
The company will now feed pallet loads of starch-rich biscuits, bread, crisps and more, straight from their haulage vehicles into a new organic waste shredder from shredding machinery manufacturer Untha UK.
The single-shaft technology will then remove the packaging and process the material down to a pre-specified maximum particle size of 100mm, before it is fed into a trommel for further separation.
The packaging waste will then be streamed for recycling, while the organic matter will be further processed and converted into a nutritious animal feed.
The pioneering concept will help to close the loop within the food manufacturing sector and preserve the value of resources from factory to fork, SugaRich said.
Commenting on the investment, SugaRich operations manager Graeme Cook said: “Pre-procurement trials proved the shredders capabilities, with the machine handling up to a pallet of retail packed surplus food per minute, with ease. This – coupled with the technology’s uptime statistics and after sales support – is particularly important for a fast-paced business like ours.”
SugaRich group director Paul Featherstone added: “It is crucial that we continue to invest in robust, proven equipment that will support our ongoing market consolidation. We have kept a keen eye on Untha’s performance in this niche sector for many years, therefore it made sense to integrate the technology into our own facility when the time came to upgrade our systems. I hope this is the start of a long and progressive relationship.”
The organic waste shredder will be fully operational by the end of August.
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