Powerscreen Recycling Plants "produce the goods" for McKinstry Skip Hire


McKinstry Skip Hire is a family owned business, founded in 1969 by Albert "Tiny" McKinstry - who now has his sons Mark and Darren working alongside him in this well-established Crumlin based company.

"Tiny" and his sons have seen many changes in the skip hire business over the past few years - not least of which was the effect of the introduction of landfill tax. It was this event that brought about a whole new thinking in respect of waste treatment, management and landfill disposal and McKinstry Skip Hire were quick to realise the considerable advantages - both economically and environmentally - of recycling and reclamation of the not inconsiderable annual tonnage that their huge fleet of skips and roll-on-off containers was handling.

An initial investment in a Powerscreen screening plant some 9 years ago saw the beginning of a close and mutually advantageous business relationship between McKinstry Skip Hire, Powerscreen International and their dealer - McGurk Screening Systems. This fine working partnership continues today, with McKinstry investing in new Powerscreen equipment and associated conveying systems from McGurk. McKinstry Skip Hire will be taking a new and enhanced prototype version of the Powerscreen Trommel 725 for extensive testing and appraisal at their facility, over the next few weeks.

Operating within a 30-40 mile radius of their Nutts Corner, Crumlin premises, McKinstry Skip Hire has a fleet of over 500 skips, 50 roll-on-off bins supported by eight skip trucks and four roll-on-off lorries. In addition, the company has diversified into dumper and excavator hire and contracts out a special 38 tonner Renault scrap metals transporter and operates another 38 tonner Renault tug-and-low-loader combination - which is busy handling the transportation of excavators and other heavy construction plant throughout Northern Ireland.

The business now employs 34 personnel and is also extremely well-known as a sponsor and supporter of track superbike and road racing motorcycles - as well as stock-cars. In fact, covering most of the wallspace in the company's main office, is a wonderful selection of action shots showing various bikes and stock-cars proudly displaying the McKinstry name - with Bruce Anstey and Keith Stewart among the well-known winning riders recently and currently sponsored by the company.

In the order of 100,000 tonnes of building waste goes through the McKinstry waste management system during the year and - using a combination of shredders, a trommel screen, a "blower" density separator, overband magnet and a modern picking station - around 1200 tonnes of saleable material (including 500 tonnes of fines) is extracted on a weekly basis. The reclamation systems in place effectively reduce the volume of waste to landfill by some 60%, which has the dual benefits of diverting material from landfill and producing reusable materials for sale to a loyal customer base in the region.

Powershredder 1800

On arrival at McKinstry's site, the building waste is pre-sorted to remove the larger pieces of scrap metal, timber, boulders, etc. Wheeled loaders stockpile the sorted material for pre-shredding - carried out almost non-stop by a Powerscreen Powershredder 1800, fed by a wheeled Case excavator with long-reach industrial stick and five-tyne grab.

This powerful shredder prepares the raw materials for the next stage, which is screening and separating by a Powerscreen Trommel 615LL - fed by the loading shovels. This trommel is housed inside a purpose-built shed with the tail fines conveyor stockpiling through an aperture in the wall, while the oversize material is conveyed via a Powerscreen TR Blower, to remove lightweight materials such as paper, PVC and polystyrene - and then conveyed directly to the covered picking station.

Here, four sorting stages select and stockpile rubble, timber, cardboard and plastics along the 12 metres long conveyor belt and, at the end of the process, ferrous metals are removed by an overband magnet conveyor. The bins constructed below the overhead picking station are all designed to accept "40 yarders" so that materials drop straight into these receptacles, obviating the need for additional rehandling.

Picking station

Powerscreen's picking stations can be customised to virtually any size to suit customers' applications. At McKinstry, pickers can be positioned on both sides of the conveyor and, for enhanced working conditions, the fully enclosed cabin has heating and lighting. Four discharge chutes are positioned on both sides of the 12m long conveyor for convenient "binning" of materials in their respective stockpiles.

The reclaimed materials are converted into a multitude of saleable products for McKinstry. The fines are predominantly used at both public and private sector landfill sites for "blinding" between strata of waste material within the cells. Clean timber, which is stored under cover for temperature and humidity control, is shredded for onward sale to chipboard and MDF manufacturers, while the remaining wood products are used for industrial heating boiler fuels and - in a recent innovative development by McKinstry - shredded to smaller sizes and used as cattle bedding in outdoor corrals. Here 3-4 metre-depths are spread, serving as an ideal dry, warm and easily replaceable "green" outdoor surfacing for both beef and dairy herds during the winter months. Rubble is transported all over the region where it is used on building projects, for temporary haul roads and as general hardcore substrate.

The Powershredder 1800 produces a consistent and uniform material sizing using a range of toolheads to match, is quiet in operation and has a low dust emission level. Automatic and fixed reverse shafts that are easy to replace, makes for easy maintenance and efficient processing of materials. Additionally, full remote control is available for safe operating distance. A generously proportioned low loading and tipping hopper allows the shredder to be fed by conveyor, excavator or loading shovel. The hydraulically raised discharge conveyor, with chevron belting, has a discharge height of some 3 metres for good stockpiling capacity.

The Trommel 615LL is surprisingly compact for its output, having a 19mē rotating screen area with variable speed control, a folding tail conveyor for fines and an optimum output of 150-200 tonnes per hour - depending on application and mesh size. The twin axle unit has hydraulic jacklegs which, with the hydraulically folding conveyor, greatly improves mobility and significantly reduces set-up time, should the unit need to be moved or transported to another site. The low-loading hopper means that raw material discharge is made easy for most sizes of loading shovel or excavator.

Trommel 615LL

The Trommel 615LL is compatible with all Powerscreen equipment and, therefore, can form an integral component in a screening, washing and stockpiling installation.

Power is usually provided by a diesel engine, although electric motors are available as an option - and all trommel hydraulics are protected by an automatic shut-down system.

A conveniently located control panel provides finger-tip management of all machine functions. In the McKinstry set-up, the Trommel 615LL has an hydraulic take-off to provide all the power for the conveyor in the picking station and its 3m long inclined feed conveyor - both of which have infinitely variable speeds.

The TR Blower removes light materials, which are caught in a net and then "skipped". Products from this process include recyclable paper - which can be baled and sold on for pulping - and other light waste for incineration or landfill. The heavier materials then pass up a feed conveyor to the elevated Picking Station conveyor for hand removal and chute discharge for disposal or reclamation.

For further information, contact:

Nicola Killen
Tel: +44 (0)28 87 740701
Fax: +44 (0) 28 87 747231
e-mail: [email protected]


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