Second baler for The Range northern warehouse and distribution centre

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Fast growing home, leisure and garden retail chain, The Range has installed a second horizontal baler from Middleton Engineering to handle increased waste and recycling at its northern warehouse and distribution centre in Thorne, Doncaster.

With 85 stores and 35 planned for the coming year, the company has an active policy on minimising waste to landfill and continues to build its green credentials. The Thorne site has a recycling facility that handles backhauled distribution and packaging waste, utilising empty vehicle capacity to maximise efficiency and reduce costs.

The second machine from Middleton Engineering is a fully automatic HB60HM horizontal baler and integrated slider bed conveyor solution. With a press force of 60 tonnes, doubles capacity for the warehouse recycling team, producing compact bales of card and plastics, which are sold on to reprocessing companies.

The new machine joins an existing HB50HM baler supplied by Middleton Engineering in 2007. Together, the machines will process and bale over 4000 Tonnes of packaging waste a year.

Reliability is a key factor in the choice of the Middleton Engineering.  So, both machines are covered by a three year service contract with annual service and inspection visits from experienced Middleton Engineers.

Peter Adlard, Facilities Manager, DHL on behalf of The Range: "Reliability is crucial for us as a company and an important factor in the choice of Middleton machines. Without the balers, storage areas would rapidly fill with waste, causing consequences for stock deliveries, so minimal downtime is essential. The addition of a three year service contract with next day response ensures added peace of mind."

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