Sharjah, UAE based environmental services provider, Bee’ah, has selected Oregon, US based recycling equipment manufacturer, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, engineer, manufacture and install a major retrofit to the company’s Sharjah Material Recycling Facility.
BHS said that the recycling facility is currently the largest in the Middle East, with the capacity to process more than 500,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) annually.
The manufacturer added that the retrofit, scheduled to be operational in early 2017, will upgrade capacity and automation to increase recovery and total diversion. Equipment to be fitted includes:
- BHS Bag Breakers® and Tri-Disc™ screens,
- Nihot air separators
- NRT In-Flight Sorting® optical sorters.
- BHS Tri-Disc™ screens to replace existing trommel screens and improve separation efficiency and throughput while using less energy.
According to BHS its screens will also boost the recovery of organic materials by 50% to 600 tonnes per day. The system’s throughput will expand from 68 tonnes per hour to more than 75 tonnes per hour.
Walking the Line
BHS explained that waste going through the upgraded MRF will be processed by Nihot Single Drum Separators, which will separate heavy items such as bulky metals and inert materials from lighter, high-value recyclable materials such as fibre and containers.
To increase film recovery by 100%, BHS said that NRT SpydIR® optical sorters are to be paired with Nihot rotary air separators, creating the FiberPure™ film recovery system. The FiberPure will detect and eject film, pneumatically conveying it away from the remaining clean fiber stream. The NRT SpydIR® optical sorter will also be employed to increase PET recovery by 15%.
Magnets and an Eddy Current Separator are expected to increase ferrous and non-ferrous recovery by 25%.
The BHS Total Control™ controls package will integrate pre-existing and new equipment, which the company said will allow the entire system with advanced SCADA technology.
“Bee’ah’s MRF is one of the largest in the world and yet they made the decision to invest even further,” commented BHS CEO Steve Miller. “The technology deployed here will increase automation, throughput and recovery to once again define the new standard.”
Daker El Rabaya, MD of Waste Processing, Treatment and Disposal at Bee’ah added: “BHS is selected according to stringent criteria, including technical know-how and manufacturing experience, to ensure their products, methodological knowledge and business strategies match Bee’ah’s high standard.”
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