The Customer

Lowmac Recycling was founded in 1973, starting life trading in secondary metals. In 1981, the company moved into waste management with the introduction of skip and roll-on-off hire for household, commercial and industrial waste collection.

The company has a secure shredding facility in Ayr and operates two purpose-built waste treatment sites in Irvine from where the company provides a large range of environmental and recycling services. These include ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycling, ELV, WEEE collection and processing, green waste processing, wood and general waste recycling, reclamation of recycled aggregates and soils and the production of animal bedding and biofuel.

The Challenge

The challenge was to increase the company’s waste processing capabilities and enhance the cleanliness and quality of the end-products created during the recycling process.

The Solution

After going through a competitive tender process, Lowmac Waste & Recycling invested in an extremely versatile, tailor-made waste recycling plant. The plant currently processes a wide variety of incoming waste streams at around 1000 tonnes per week at a rate of between 25 and 30 tonnes per hour and is more than capable of greater volumes should future needs arise. The new BlueMAC waste recovery system, designed and built to combine a series of compatible processors and conveyor arrays in a convenient and compact under-cover configuration, can treat a broad range of mixedwaste and, consequently, can provide material remediation to a very high quality. Clean fines, secondary aggregates, biomass, animal bedding, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, amongst other saleable materials, are all being produced from this specially designed, multi-tasking waste recovery plant.

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The Process

Depending on the material being processed, Lowmac’s new plant starts with a Powerscreen Warrior 1400 screener which ensures the incoming feed material stream is <75mm – the size for which the system has been designed.

  • An elevated conveyor array with an overband magnet feeds through into the covered plant
  • A Spaleck Double Deck separator further separates the material
  • High quality clean fines are discharged to a collection conveyor and then to the stockpile
  • Another conveyor takes the residual oversize material through to a BlueMAC Typhoon ADS (Air Density Separator) to remove the “lights”
  • Heavier fractions are taken via transfer and feed conveyors to a single bay picking station and onto a BlueMAC All Metal Separator to further separate ferrous and non-ferrous metal
  • The remaining cleaned material, hardcore, then becomes crushed recycled aggregates for a multitude of civil engineering and construction uses.
The Process


  • "This plant is proving to be an excellent and versatile addition to our recycling and reclamation capabilities and is performing very well. We have been very impressed with the build quality and productivity of the BlueMAC equipment and their very professional and efficient installation team."
    Kenny Smith
    Kenny Smith Managing Director at Lowmac Waste & Recycling