Inprotec installs dust extraction system at battery recycling centre23 July 2020

Pictured: (l-r) Inprotec MD Chris Oldroyd with WasteCare Group Operations Director Graeme Parkin.

Inprotec has completed a project to install a ‘state-of-the-art’ system to capture and safely extract operational dust at a UK Alkaline battery recycling centre.

The Wakefield-based engineering firm installed the Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system at the Halifax facility run by WasteCare, an independent waste management and recycling business with more than 500 employees across 17 facilities in the UK.

Under its BatteryBack compliance scheme, WasteCare collects millions of batteries from 30,000 collection points across the UK, safely transporting them to its Halifax facility where they are sorted and recycled. The process sees the batteries fed into a crusher, with the crushed material separated into ferrous (iron), paper and plastic, and metal rich ‘black mass’ fractions using separation technologies.

The LEV system, which was designed, manufactured, and installed by Inprotec, captures the dusts emitted into the factory air during the sorting and crushing of the batteries. It was installed as part of a project to ensure the site meets stringent operational requirements.

Inprotec MD Chris Oldroyd says: “Inprotec and WasteCare share a commitment to helping to create a truly circular economy through our work, so we were delighted to have been able to support them with this important project.

“Dust from the seven million batteries [that] the plant recycles every year is inevitable, but the system we’ve installed will ensure that it is effectively captured and safely extracted, improving the working environment and enabling WasteCare to continue to operate safely and efficiently.”

Graeme Parkin, operations director of the WasteCare Group, adds: “There’s nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our employees and the state-of-the-art system Inprotec has installed at our Halifax facility will help to ensure we maintain a safe and clean environment for our team to work in, while at the same time delivering significant environmental benefits.”

Adam Offord

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