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Blue help Barr improve their compost production

Barr Environmental have been established for over 150 years and are one of Scotland’s leading waste management companies, operating a variety of high-quality waste treatment, recycling and residual disposal facilities throughout the West of Scotland.

A trading subsidiary of the Mclaughlin and Harvey Group, Barr moved into environmental services having previously owned a quarry and construction business, with the resulting waste needing somewhere to go. The company now specialise in waste management, hazardous waste, recycling, composting and the production of RDF fuels. They predominately deal with local authority council waste, holding deals with various Councils throughout Scotland.

Barr run an organic waste treatment process for windrow, which is used to produce BarrGrow, an accredited compost. They recently won a large contract to produce BarrGrow for the local Ayrshire Councils, which meant they were seeking new machines to allow them to continue to deliver a high level of service. These machines were needed for screening and processing incoming green waste, to help produce the BarrGrow compost.

Blue Scotland provided Barr with a Doppstadt SM 620K Plus Trommel, a Doppstadt DW 3060K Shredder and two Fuchs MHL 320F material handlers. The incoming green waste would first be shredded by the DW 3060K over a ten-week period, before being sized by the SM 620K Plus Trommel. The two Fuchs MHL 320F material handlers are fitted with sorting grabs, to load material into the Doppstadt machines.

The SM 620K Plus Trommel is an upgraded machine with a bigger hopper, making the loading process more efficient. Gordon Whiteford, Operations Director at Barr Environmental commented: “The Doppstadt Trommel is a lot easier to use and maintain compared to machines we have previously been using. We have also been very impressed with the modern safety features which includes a full fire suppression system. Overall the Trommel is a great improvement for us, as our last machine had been on site for 12-15 years. We have seen a real difference in throughput, product flies right through the SM 620K Plus, with the right size of grain going to the right area”.

With the DW 3060K shredder, Barr found that there was a substantial difference in fuel consumption compared to their previous machine, which would save them money going forward. They are also seeing less downtime, as it is a lot harder wearing than machines they had been operating in the past. Blue Scotland brought the machine in on Demo for Barr and they knew straight away that it was exactly what they wanted from a shredder.

The improvements that have been made to the Fuchs MHL 320F, has removed the need for a steering wheel in the cab which has given operators much more visibility. Gordon Whiteford adds; “the controls are a lot comfier and easier to use for our operators, they are also benefiting from improved operational efficiencies and a more economic fuel consumption, which is making their day to day job a lot easier”.

Barr explored the market for alternatives for all the machines they have recently taken on, however they felt that Blue offered the best overall package. Barr Environmental Operations Director, Gordon Whiteford, explains “the reliability and back up that Blue Scotland offered was the deciding factor when choosing to go with these four particular machines, the fact that we could also buy all four from the same supplier made the purchasing process a lot easier for us”.

Barr explored the market for alternatives for all the machines they have recently taken on, however they felt that Blue offered the best overall package. Barr Environmental Operations Director, Gordon Whiteford, explains “the reliability and back up that Blue Scotland offered was the deciding factor when choosing to go with these four particular machines, the fact that we could also buy all four from the same supplier made the purchasing process a lot easier for us”.

It was a great team effort from everyone at Blue Scotland to get the business done with Barr, as Dermot Donaghy sold the Doppstadt Trommel and Shredder, whilst is was Darren Smyth that supplied the two Fuchs Material handlers. Dermot commented: “I want to thank Barr Environmental again for their valued business. It’s particularly pleasing to hear the feedback that these new purchases have helped improve their operation. Blue Scotland look forward to continuing our great relationship with Barr into the future”.