New Fines Clean Up Plant at Lowmac

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London, United Kingdom
1st November 2019

New Fines Clean Up Plant at Lowmac

Waste Systems

Lowmac Waste & Recycling has invested in an extremely versatile, tailor-made recycling plant to further increase its waste processing capacity and, specifically, enhance the cleanliness and quality of the end-products created during the recycling process.

Lowmac Waste & Recycling has invested in an extremely versatile, tailor-made waste recycling plant to further increase its waste processing capacity and, specifically, enhance the cleanliness and quality of the end-products created during the waste recycling process. Turning to equipment distributor Blue Machinery Scotland and its sister company BlueMAC Manufacturing for a suitable waste recovery solution, Lowmac Waste & Recycling reports excellent results from their new materials remediation system, which has been installed in the company’s North Ayrshire premises. Currently processing a wide variety of incoming waste streams at around 1000 tonnes per week at a rate of between 25 and 30 tonnes per hour, the plant is more than capable of greater volumes should future needs arise.

The new BlueMAC waste recovery system, designed and built to combine a series of compatible processors and conveyor arrays in a convenient and compact under-cover configuration, is capable of treating a broad range of mixed waste and, consequently, can provide material remediation to a very high quality. Clean fines, secondary aggregates, biomass, animal bedding, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, amongst other saleable materials, are all being produced from this specially designed, multi-tasking waste recovery plant.

Lowmac’s new plant is currently recycling offcuts and woodwaste derived from a kitchen manufacture, as well as trommel fines, C&D, C&I and ash waste. The materials remediation plant is successfully processing the wood waste by removing tramp metals and reducing the incoming stream to -10mm for animal bedding and larger woodchip which is then put through a washplant for further processing to produce biomass. Fines generated during recycling processes can include materials such as wood, aggregates, glass, ceramics and organics and this mixture has traditionally found its way into landfill sites. However, with continually increasing landfill regulations and taxes, recycling professionals are having to ensure even more efficient and effective fines clean-up. The recently introduced Loss of Ignition (LOI) test requires waste recyclers to sample materials to ensure that each load has an LOI of 10% or less in order to be considered eligible for a lower rate of landfill tax. The BlueMAC plant installed at Lowmac’s state-of-the-art materials recovery facility, (MRF) in Irvine exceeds this requirement, taking the fines LOI values well below 10%. The -75mm C&D wastestream is also subjected to metal and lights extraction through the air blower and eddy current separator in the system which, combined with the single bay picking station, results in a good clean end-product ready for washing and further processing into materials suitable for drainage stone, haul roads, Type 1 recycled aggregate etc.

Depending on the material being processed, Lowmac’s new plant starts with a Powerscreen Warrior 1400 screener which ensures the incoming feed material stream is <75mm – the size for which system has been designed. an elevated conveyor array with overband magnet feeds through into covered plant where a spalec double deck separator combines high technology 3d twin top flip-flow bottom screen to further separate material two processes 10-75mm, discharging quality clean fines collection and thence stockpile. takes residual oversize bluemac typhoon ads (air density separator) remove “lights”, heavier fractions being taken via transfer feed conveyors single bay picking station onto all metal unit ferrous non-ferrous separation extraction. remaining cleaned hardcore at end of whole process is destined become crushed recycled aggregates multitude civil engineering construction uses. lowmac recycling was founded in 1973, starting life trading secondary metals. 1981, company moved waste management introduction skip roll-on-off hire household, commercial industrial collection. secure shredding facility ayr operates purpose-built treatment sites irvine from provides large range environmental services. these include metals recycling, elv, weee processing, green wood general reclamation soils production animal bedding biofuel. also produces supplies wide building, landscaping products, haul-road materials landfill cover, screened sand, composting soil improvement material. other services provided crane, excavator loading shovel hire, demolition, haulage consultancy. blue machinery scotland customer over eighteen years and, this latest addition their modern equipment holding, continues long-standing allegiance. commenting on new installation, lowmac’s managing director kenny smith said “this proving be excellent versatile our capabilities performing very well. as always, we have extremely well served by greatest confidence after sales product support; are impressed build productivity professional efficient installation team. another added benefit us modular nature will allow expand enlarge it should need arise”.


As always, we have been extremely well served by Blue Machinery Scotland and have the greatest confidence in their excellent after sales product support; also we are all very impressed with the build quality and productivity of the BlueMAC equipment and their very professional and efficient installation team.

Kenny Smith, Lowmac’s Managing Director