Thorntons Recycling, founded in 1979 by Padraig and Carmel Thornton, is a privately owned Waste Management and Recycling business.  Employing more than 400 staff, supplying customer services to over 60,000 Household customers and 4,000 Commercial customers in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.


The company operates a number of EPA licensed facilities and a number of permitted facilities in its main catchment areas.   The facilities focus on Recycling and Recovering as much of the material received and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.  This enables the company to offer its customers a premium value for money service.


Current operations include:


* Materials Recovery Facility at Killeen Road, Dublin 10 (EPA Licensed 250k tonnes per annum)

* Materials Recovery Facility at Dunboyne, Co Meath   (EPA Licensed for 50k tonnes per annum)

* Composting Facility at Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath (EPA Licensed for 40k tonnes per annum)

* Dry Mixed Recyclables Facility at Park West, Dublin 10  (Dublin City Council permit for 50,000 tonnes per annum

* Secure Confidential Shredding Facility at Parkwest, Dublin 10


The company holds ISO Certification for its Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001), Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS18001) and EN15713 accreditation for its Confidential Shredding facility


Thorntons Recycling had a Waste Recovery rate of 90% for 2016.

When it comes to confidential shredding, Thorntons Recycling provide an on-site/off-site shredding service nationwide (all of Ireland), with EN15713 accreditation Levels 1-6.  With the addition of the Shred-Tech MDX-2 mobile high security shredder, these levels can be achieved at the push of a button at any customers’ site, at any time.


Declan Kennedy, Secure Shredding Manager for Thorntons commented;


“We already had two shredding trucks from other competitors, but neither could match the criteria I needed for a varied market place. The Shred-Tech MDX-2 truck had a system to shred to different levels on-site with the press of a button. The Office of Government Procurement had tendered for a nationwide contract which required different levels of shred size, also some business were requesting for a higher level of shredding. We can now cover all levels of shred size at the touch of a button.”


The MDX-2GT is based on an 18 tonne DAF LF55 260HP chassis with a payload of up to 6000kgs. The ‘GT’ denotes that this model is a ‘bin tunnel’ machine that collects wheelie bins from 90 litres-360 litres direct from the ground via the ‘gripper tipper’, and deposits the material into an automated vibrating hopper. From here the material is fed to the angled ‘ST15’ shredder for ‘head first’ feeding, before then being further processed by the single shaft ‘X2’ high security shredder that produces a DIN Level P4 shred, or a EN15713 Shred No.6. From here the shredded material is compacted into the storage compartment with twin augers.


The whole operation is performed on the weatherproof control panel from the outside of the truck at ground level, where the operator can monitor the shredding process via cameras, adjust shred size at the push of a button, and also weigh and record material shredded. Unloading of the truck is taken care of by the Keith Walking Floor system. This can empty a payload of 6000kgs within 4-6mins.


Declan also commented;


“The operators are delighted with the MDX-2 shredding speed and the lower noise level, which had become a big issue with other trucks. They also like the features of being able to control operations from the ground level control panel and also tailor the settings that allow the truck to automatically switch off once the material is shredded. These features not only help with safety, but also time spent on jobs is reduced, wear costs are reduced, and also fuel costs are reduced. Both operators were extremely happy with the intensive training provided by Global Recycling on the operation and maintenance of the shredding truck”