New Earth Solutions, a U.K.-based waste treatment and renewable energy firm, has signed a contract with Alutrade Ltd., an aluminum reprocessor, to recycle the nonferrous metals collected at all three of New Earth’s mechanical biological treatment plants (MBT). The contract officially began in October 2012.
Malcolm George, director of Alutrade says, “It is nice to see real recycling taking place. New Earth Solutions are processing throw-away waste and Alutrade Ltd. is helping them put that back into U.K. can production.”
According to the company, a land remediation compost product is produced from the organic part of the waste, while sorting equipment separates metals and plastics for recycling and also produces a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from the non-recyclable fraction for use in energy generation. The contract with Alutrade will secure the recycling of the non-ferrous metals for at least the next 12 months.
Prior to the contract New Earth was conducting recycling efforts on a spot basis. A spokeswoman for the company says this contract with Alutrade provides New Earth with a level of certainty for its recycling efforts and reinforces the quality of the nonferrous metal the company is recovering.
According to the contract, once the nonferrous metal that New Earth extracts from its facilities arrives at Alutrade it is separated by metal type. Any contamination reprocessed from the product will be returned to New Earth for further separation and recovery. New Earth estimates that this contract will result in around 1,600 metric tons per year of nonferrous metals being extracted for recycling purposes.
Andrew Powell, Alutrade’s commercial buyer, says, “MBT is a growing area in the recycling industry, and by getting on the front foot and coming up with innovative ways of further recycling the streams that are produced by New Earth Solutions, it provides fantastic new business opportunity for both companies.”
“I’m delighted to be working with a secure established recycling business like Alutrade. It’s important for New Earth to secure destinations for its recyclable products to maximize the benefits of the process to our customers. This arrangement with Alutrade provides both security and quality re-processing within the UK,” says Richard Brooke, New Earth’s commercial director.