In brief: reprocessing technology news

Two major reprocessors have announced advancements in specialist recovery solutions for waste batteries, road sweepings and gully arisings.

G&P Batteries has invested in what it claims is the UK’s first automated waste battery sorting system, which will go live in the West Midlands this summer.

The equipment, developed by Swedish firm Optisort, is capable of sorting at a rate of more than five batteries a second and will more than double the sorting capacity of portable waste batteries handled at G&P’s site in Darlaston.

The Optisort system is designed to recognise these batteries and so speed up the sorting process. This will enable G & P to handle with ease the uplift in volumes necessary for the UK to meet its battery recycling obligations under the UK and EU targets.

G&P’s managing director Michael Green said: “This is an exciting investment for us as for some time we’ve been searching for the technology that can streamline the waste battery sorting process.”

Meanwhile road sweepings and gully arisings from across the Midlands will be recycled following the opening of a specialist facility at SITA UK’s site in Wolverhampton.

The company has installed custom-built technology from CDEnviro that will be capable of recovering 98% of road sweepings.

These will then be recycled for use in various elements including sand, washed aggregate and compostable material.

This facility has the capacity to process more than 40,000 tonnes of road sweepings each year which would have previously been landfilled.

Maxine Perella

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