Fines Treatment

Trommel fines are produced as part of most recycling processes and consist of materials such as stones, aggregates and glass.

They have traditionally been treated as an inert product and sent to landfill. However, trommel fines also contain other materials such as fibre, films, rigid plastics, organics, wood, metal and textiles.  These are classed as contaminants and should be separated and removed before landfill.  Trommel fines are produced in several key waste streams with the most critical being from municipal solid waste which consists of approximately 45% contaminants.

On April 1st 2015 The Landfill Tax (Amendment) Regulations came into effect in the UK. These regulations govern Loss-On Ignition (LOI) testing in the UK which determines the amount of impurities in any given material.  The results of which dictates whether waste disposal should be charged at a standard rate (£82.60 per tonne) or a lower rate (£2.60 per tonne) of landfill tax.fines

April 2016 signifies the end of the year-long transitional period granted by HMRC in which processors only had to achieve less than 15% LOI to meet the lower tax threshold.  If processors cannot prove LOI of 10% or less for their waste, they will incur a landfill tax of £82.60 per tonne.

In order to avoid increased disposal costs, it is imperative that waste processors adopt technology solutions that will firstly, process trommel fines to reduce contaminants, and secondly, recover and re-use this material.fines2

EMS fines treatment facilities will help you achieve the 10% LOI threshold.

Our Turbo Clean Seperator and Vibraflow Screen are key parts to your fines clean up solution.

Contact our sales team today for more information

Dyson Skip Hire Leeds recently received their complete C&D MRF and fines treatment as pictured below. For full story follow 


This system is allowing Ddysonysons to process their -50mm trommel fines via our Vibraflow and Density seperator to achieve a clean output of -10mm inert fines as well as cleaned 10-50mm output.  Lights are removed and stored in an internal cage.


A covered incline conveyor feeds the trommel fines from inside the building onto the fines treatment. An overband magnet removes any ferrous metal before entry to the system.

Frank McAlynn (EMS) & Mark Prichard (Dysons)


-10mm fraction in left bay & 10-50mm heavies in right bay