UNTHA helps Spanish facility process 20,000 tonnes of waste a year

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Waste management specialist Madegan is in the final stages of commissioning a new shredding system at their Madrid facility that is expected to enable the family-run business to process up to 20,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Following a three-year research project, Madegan headed to Austria to visit shredder manufacturer UNTHA and procured the XR mobil-e; a new shredder that can process a variety of wastes.

Luis Silva from UNTHA IBERICA said: “When discussions first began, our local sales team worked with Madegan to understand the requirements of the project. They have been shredding waste since 2005 but as they continue to expand, they need to be able to handle higher volumes of different material streams.

“We helped them devise a new shredding solution that can tackle everything from commercial and industrial (C&I) waste, to construction and demolition waste, wood and municipal solid waste (MSW). They then travelled to our global headquarters near Salzburg – not just to see the XR mobil-e in operation, but to trial it with their own materials too.”

The technology proved it could handle the waste and manufacture a high quality SRF product.

“This was a very important economical investment for us,” explained Alberto Magan, CEO of Madegan. “We looked at everything, ranging from the initial cost of the machine, through to the speed and ease of maintenance, typical uptime rates, throughputs, energy efficiency and adaptability to meet varied customer specifications. The stats, coupled with the promised longevity of the machine, made the XR the most solid investment.”

When fully operational, the shredder is anticipated to allow Madegan to process a number of waste streams down to a homogenous particle size of 30-40mm. Supplied on tracks and with an in-built conveyor, it can be moved around the Madrid site and plugged back in.

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