Case study: Shipping of RDF/SRF (video)


This is a case study from Cork in Ireland of how Flexus round baling systems are used for handling and transportation of RDF/SRF in round bales with shipping vessels for sea transport. With the round baling technology, any port can handle waste management without any extra measures. The sealed bales are safe, clean and hygienic.

In this case the ship is loaded with around 600 bales per hour, and it is fully loaded in around 20 hours, i.e. 3000 tons of waste loaded onto a transport, safe, clean and easy. From the port in Cork, the waste is then shipped to the Netherlands for incineration.

- Wrapped round bales have an anaerobic chemistry inside the bale, which eliminates methanogenic activities. This prevents any spontaneous combustion in the baled material, making it safe to transport by land and sea.

- Having the baled material tightly sealed in a round bale also retains all the energy and calorific value of the material, making it highly suitable for storage and transportation of high-energy materials intended for incineration, RDF, SRF, agricultural materials and similar.

- With a sealed environment inside the bale, no further decomposition takes place. This significantly lessens the odor generated by the waste inside. Furthermore, the sealed bales keeps the workers, equipment, vehicles and environment around the handling area clean, making it possible to reuse equipment and space with little or no cleanup afterwards.

- One feature of the sealed round bales is that it minimizes the attraction of pests and vermin like rats and birds. With no straight access to the waste, vermin won't be drawn to it, in stark contrast to an open landfill for example, where vermin thrive.


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