This solution is already being used by multiple recyclers, such as ARN in the Netherlands. With Ad Rem, they are now building a plastics separation plant in Scandinavia for the separation of WEEE plastics with a capacity of 10 tonnes per hour.
With their plastic separators, Ad Rem are able to separate a plastics mix originating from ASR or WEEE waste into three fractions: chlorinated plastics, RDF plastics (fuel) and recyclable plastics (mix of PE, PP, ABS, PS). This is done by separating the plastics on several densities in a specially developed separation tank.
The medium used in the separators is water with a pH-neutral additive that’s environmentally friendly. By use of this additive instead of salt, Ad Rem avoids the negative environmental effects while creating a very stable medium. Furthermore, the additive can be recovered from the medium for re-use.
Ad Rem’s plastic separators still have the high ground compared to sensor sorters, as with our machines we are able to separate all color plastics, including black, at very high capacities and with superior accuracy.
Various studies have shown that only a small percentage of all ASR and WEEE plastics is being recycled, even though these fractions still contain a large amount of high value recyclable plastics. This is quite alarming since the worldwide production of plastics is estimated at 322 million tonnes annually.
With their technology, Ad Rem are now able to process these plastics at a high capacity in a fully automated separation plant. In order to stay ahead of their competitors, Ad Rem remains involved in multiple R&D projects with their partners. This way of working has proven to be successful.
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Ad Rem is a Belgium based joint venture of Group Galloo, one of Europe’s leading recycling companies of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and Valvan Baling Systems (www.valvan.com), a well known engineering company specialized in the design and the construction of hydraulic presses and peripheral equipment.Based on the technological experiences ...