Velbert, Germany based recycling equipment manufacturer, Doppstadt, is helping composters meet tighter new specifications governing the amount of plastic waste permissible in a litre of compost with its Airflex 1500 windsifter.
The company explained that plastic is everywhere, and sadly, it often ends up in many green waste bins as well. This causes composting site operators a lot of problems: they have to carefully separate the unwanted bags and other plastic components from the organic waste in order to comply with legal regulations of the German Fertiliser Ordinance (DüMV).
However, composting site operators also want to achieve their own goal and offer high quality products to their customers, who are involved in the compost, gardening and agriculture industries.
For this reason, the Germany Federal Compost Association, in short BGK (Bundesgütegemeinschaft Kompost), responsible for awarding the RAL (German National Committee for Delivery Conditions) quality seals to compost products, stiffened up the requirements concerning unwanted materials: now, only 15 square centimetres of plastic elements per litre of compost will be tolerated, instead of 25 square centimetres, as before. And very soon, the organic farming regulations will only permit usage of composts with less than ten square centimetres of plastic.
According to Doppstadt all this is creating huge challenges for composters, which they can barely overcome just by using even finer screening: they would simply lose too many sellable fractions and find themselves in a precarious economic situation.
To tackle the problem the company has created the Airflex 1500, which provides the technical solution for processing compost. It is a wind sifter that minimises the losses of compost product by improving its quality.
To achieve this, the compost undergoes initial rough screening at 15 mm. The fines < 15 mm are than efficiently separated from unwanted materials in the Airflex 1500 in two stages. In the first step, a powerful centrifugal fan separates heavy materials such as glass, stones and metals.
In the second step, a suction fan pulls away unwanted plastic films etc. The result is a compost that complies with the requirements of the RAL quality seal.
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