Construction waste recycling in Oulu will continue during the revisions

The machinery in Rusko’s sorting plant is turned off for a couple of days about once a month. However, that does not mean that industrial and construction waste recycling stops in Rusko, Oulu. During the regular revisions, the plant undergoes major maintenance, servicing, and development work that require longer interruptions of production. Antti Mattila, the production engineer responsible for the maintenance and usability of the sorting plant, shares what goes on at the plant during this time.

Construction waste recycling continues in the sorting plant yard during maintenance breaks

There are approximately 20 machines and 40 conveyors at the waste sorting plant that require periodic maintenance. During the revisions, these undergo major servicing, such as abrasion welding and blade maintenance for the crushers, as well as changing of the conveyors’ belts.

Antti Mattila Syklo.

Syklo’s Production Engineer Antti Mattila

“During revisions, we also promote development projects on a case-by-case basis, including those concerning the plant’s safety, usability, or fire safety, for example. The time pressure is somewhat reduced when the plant stops,” describes Antti Mattila, production engineer at Syklo.

However, the recycling of industrial and construction waste does not stop at any time, even if the machines have stopped.

Work efficiency and safety ensured with careful design

During the revisions, about 30–40 external employees come to work at the Syklo sorting plant in Rusko. This requires good coordination and seamless cooperation between the various work groups.

“In a small facility, it is instantly noticeable when dozens of contractors jump into work. The most important thing is maintaining good occupational safety and resource allocation: that everyone finds their own tasks, the goals are clear, there are the necessary number of lifts, harnesses, and scaffolding solutions available, and there is good guidance on safety interlock practices,” lists Mattila.

Syklo sorting plant.

The action never stops at the Syklo waste sorting plant during revisions

There are many different skills involved. The revisions require electrical engineers, mechanical experts, welders, and conveyor experts. In fact, one task could involve the cooperation of experts in many different fields.

“Waste production does not follow a time schedule.”

According to Mattila, two days is a small window of time. The break cannot be longer, as waste is produced in society even during the revisions.

However, the quantity of waste fractions varies season to season. At the heart of winter, the largest construction sites produce less construction waste, as the focus of construction is indoors. Consumers also clean out their storage rooms, for example, more during the warmer months.

“We can never say that we are completely closed to the reception of waste. If construction site skips and trailer loads are full, we must find space for them. The plant always has reception capacity for our contract customers,” Mattila states.

In addition to revisions, Rusko is also subject to continuous routine maintenance and necessary service rounds.

Syklo waste sorting plant.

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