Profit from Waste
25 July 2012, News release from S+S Inspection Ltd.
Minimising the volume of material sent to landfill makes good environmental sense but local authorities are reluctant to spend more than is absolutely necessary on recycling, especially in the present economic climate.
Fortunately, technology is coming to the rescue by reducing the cost of processing waste and, in some instances, turning a cost into a profit.
The key to making money from waste is to sort the incoming waste stream into separate fractions as economically as possible. Sorting technology from S+S Inspection Limited, part of the German based, S+S Separation and Sorting Technology Group, covers the whole gamut from simple, permanent magnetic devices for removing ferrous material to sophisticated equipment using a range of sensing technologies to sort on the basis of colour or material type.
Typically, this approach is being used to sort plastics, metals and glass, which, once sorted, can be sold for reuse or further processing, converting a liability into an asset. Many UK commercial recycling companies already use S+S sorting technology to profitably sort and recycle waste from a variety of sources. For example, the Biffa Polymers plant on Teesside is using a combination of S+S VARISORT bulk sorters to separate plastics from the stream of mixed materials, such as metal, card paper, etc. and FLAKE PURIFIERS to process 15,000 tonnes per annum of mixed plastics into high grade, reusable material.
Similar technology can be used to profitably recycle other materials including glass, plastics and metals to meet the demands of a wide variety of recycling challenges, including the WEEE Directive, cost effectively and, in many cases, profitably.
One of the most widely used sorting systems is the S+S VARISORT COMPACT which can be fitted with a range of sensing systems to handle a wide variety of material. In operation, this machine requires little, if any operator input once set-up for a particular material and can be easily reset as the needs of the recycling plant develop.
The VARISORT COMPACT can sort a wide variety of materials, but the input stream does need to be pre-sorted to remove non-compatible materials, such as paper, card and similar materials. With its extensive experience of sorting waste for recycling, S+S Inspection Limited has the capability to design and supply a combination of technologies to convert an input stream of mixed waste into high purity, high value output streams for sale to the manufacturing sector.
This approach doubles the environmental benefit by reducing the pressure on landfill and replacing virgin raw materials, often hydrocarbon based, with less costly and less energy consuming recycled materials; a real win-win situation.
For further information please email S+S Inspection Ltd.