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Raising recycling efficiency and revenue for aircraft business

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has worked with a world-leading supplier of aircraft structures for five years. Having identified a growing stream of recyclable materials, we introduced a new processing system to maximise value for our customer.

The mission

To devise the most efficient way to deal with increasing quantities of recyclable materials

In October 2016, SUEZ identified that an on-site compacting machine was not operating to its full capacity and frequently breaking down.


The manufacturing process was also generating increasing quantities of card and plastic waste – the amount had doubled year-on-year.


Instead of being baled, the loose plastic waste was packed into bags for collection by a local reprocessor, generating no revenue from these materials.

Our solution

New equipment and new processes

Our integrated solutions team installed a new compactor along with a vertical baler.


By sourcing these together, lower rental rates were secured, while packaging recyclable materials in baled form created the opportunity for increased revenues.

The results

Speed and efficiency

The new machinery increased the level of recycling and the efficiency of the process.


Processing speed increased by 50% as the new compactor could handle six tonnes, compared with the old machine’s top capacity of four tonnes. This also freed up employees for other tasks.


Recyclates in baled form attract higher rebates than loosely packed materials. Our customer now generates revenue from this material. As the quantity of waste being produced increases, this will be a growing revenue source.


Our customer has also saved the cost of frequent maintenance call-outs and machinery breakdowns.

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