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Client

BetterGrow

Application

Compost

Equipment

EDGE TRT622 Tracked Trommel

Location

New South Wales

Introducing

New South Wales based organics recycler, BetterGrow own and operate processing facilities across Australia. The company was first established in 1978 and over the course of the past 30 years and have been at the forefront of an array of organic industries including, drilling slurries, biosolids, garden organics, food and grease trap waste. BetterGrows leadership in these sectors has gone from strength to strength with the ethos of continued re-investment in their people and new technologies to maintain the companies pole position in the market place.

Project Highlights

Key outcomes and benefits of the project

BetterGrow demanded an initial screening requirement of 120ktpa of compost

Investment of an EDGE TRT622 Tracked Trommel

Ability to always achieve peak output tonnage without losing saleable product into overs

The radial remote controlled fines conveyor stockpiles over 1000m³ of material in a single stockpile (almost 10 times that of traditional trommels) without moving the material with a loading shovel.

The challenge…

Certainly not ones for doing things by halves, Bettergrows newly acquired processing facility in Northern NSW demanded an initial screening requirement of 120ktpa of compost from the offset. High performance at an economical cost was outlined as the pre-requisite to their technology selection.

After the initial consultation with FOCUS enviro, BetterGrow was invited to see two Melbourne based large scale producers of organics who have been successfully running the EDGE TRT Trommels for the past two years in similar applications. Then having past the qualifying stage FOCUS enviro was invited to showcase the high production trommel on site and to put the machine through its paces. Bettergrow Operations Manager Neale Hogarth attended the trials and was impressed by the screening system capacity to size their materials at small apertures without losing screen efficiency.

“Using the EDGE trommel screen, we were able to adjust the screen angle, drum speed and even the feeder speed while the machine was running. This allowed us to actually see in real time what differences the settings changes were having on the material flow, carry over and quality of the fines. Even when we need to produce different product sizes or if the material characteristics change due to the weather; we are able to always achieve peak output tonnage without losing saleable product into our overs” said Neale. “when you combine this with the physical size of the machine, we could see why the EDGE trommel is becoming so popular” added Neale.

The EDGE 2m x 6.9m long drum provides excellent screening options and is driven via a direct 4 wheel drive system with a variable drum speed of 0-30 rpm. Various aperture meshes, punch plate, fully welded punch plate and drums with scrolls are all available and interchangeable in the TRT622 model.

The turning point…

One of the unique features of the EDGE TRT622 trommel screen is the radial remote controlled fines conveyor that can stockpile over 1000m³ of material in a single stockpile (almost 10 times that of traditional trommels) without moving the material with a loading shovel.

However; BetterGrow discovered that this feature was the turning point for their process in a different way. Andrew Hogarth, site operations manager said “We operate a very open site that is subjected to changing and prevailing crosswinds. The radial conveyor allowed us to position the fines conveyor behind the initial stockpile while still running the screen parallel to the unprocessed windrow. This allowed us to retain all of the important fine organic material (>5mm) within our product that would have otherwise been ‘Blown Away’ and lost to the wind. The radial stacker feature ensures uptime and production for us when the wind changes direction.

What Our Clients Say

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  • “It has been an absolute pleasure to learn and do business with the BetterGrow organisation. From meeting the people, many of whom have spent their whole career in the organisation, to experiencing their drive for success that is embedded into every aspect of their daily operations. For a industry heavy weight like BetterGrow to select the EDGE equipment is a massive endorsement for the manufacturer EDGE Innovate here in Australia. We are honoured that FOCUS have been selected to provide the solution to this project and hope this will be the beginning of a winning combination with the team at BetterGrow.”

    Robbie McKernan, director at FOCUS enviro

  • “We operate a very open site that is subjected to changing and prevailing crosswinds. The radial conveyor allowed us to position the fines conveyor behind the initial stockpile while still running the screen parallel to the unprocessed windrow. This allowed us to retain all of the important fine organic material (>5mm) within our product that would have otherwise been ‘Blown Away’ and lost to the wind. The radial stacker feature ensures uptime and production for us when the wind changes direction.”

    Neale Hogarth, Operations Manager at BetterGrow

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