The pellet and circular economy in the furniture sector

Ortin pellet bagger

The family has been for 16 years Ortín decided that with part of the 300 daily tons of waste it collected of companies in the furniture sector of Yecla could make pellet and sell it as an ecological fuel and as an alternative to oil. Currently your demand increases around 5% per year thanks to several factors, but two above the rest: the price, low compared to other raw materials, and its composition with reused material.

The machinery of Ortín recoveries produces About 2 tons of pellets per hour. Its manager, Blas Ortín, explains that they spent about three years knowing in Europe how this matter was worked. They were looking to diversify their board transformation company. "We invested in machinery and started exporting to Italy that were large consumers and our prices were cheaper"He says.

Today about 50 tons of waste is collected from nearby furniture factories daily. 20% of the raw material that Blas collects is decided to manufacture about 11 tons of pellets. "I could make more but it is the raw material that I have and I don't want to buy," says this businessman.

The raw material (beech, pine) and humidity are the keys to calibrate the quality. The more quality, the more heat it generates. The pellet produced has ENplus certification that obliges it to respect regulations, which among other features, prevents passing 10% moisture in the product. 

The market of this company are other industries that use it for heating systems, indoor swimming pools, for drying materials such as iron or paint…. ”SUs consumptions are important and with the pellet drops at least 50%, but it depends on the boilers, ”says Blas Ortín.

This Yecla company notes the increase in demand for large consumers because it does not sell to individuals. The price of the pellet has not changed much in recent years, 2-3%. For less than 4 euros, the price of the 15 kilos bag, you can get a house of 90 meters has the necessary heat on a winter day.

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