8 March 1996

Bottle smasher cuts waste volume

WASTE bottles can be crushed for disposal by a single-bottle crusher.

The Lincs-built Balcan crusher has recently been increased in size and beefed up for on-farm use. Now it accommodates bottles up to 165mm (6.6in) diameter and is built in stainless, as opposed to plastic-coated steel.

Simple to operate, bottles are fed into the top of the crusher. Pulling a handle activates a spring-loaded hammer which shatters the bottle, and all debris drops through the crushers base into a bag underneath. Balcan claims bottles collapse to 20% of their original volume.

Price of the bottle crusher starts from £1500 (01526-353075).