Recycling equipment manufacturer, Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions, has completed upgrade work on a material recycling facility for French firm waste and recycling firm, Ateliers Fouesnantais, Ecotri (AFE).
The AFE plant is now able to sort film from the waste stream at an early stage, increasing volumes processed.
The specifications requested by the client included:
- Capacity: 20 tonnes/hr
- Input: Single Stream
- Surface area: 3256 square metres
- Target materials: Paper, Card Board, PET, HDPE, PS, PP, PE, Plastic film.
To achieve this Bollegraaf said that it worked together with partners Tomra for the optical sorting and Lubo Systems B.V. for the screening technology. The equipment installed includes: Lubo Elliptical, Lubo OCC Screen, Lubo Fines Screen, Lubo Paper Magnet, Lubo ONP Screen, Bollegraaf Drumfeeder and Bollegraaf Filmgrabber .
Recirculation loops feed residue back into the system, including the waste at the very end, which results in the highest possible purity of all recyclables. For example, in order to reach 95% purity, the installation has been equipped with the Lubo Elliptical, which is a ballistic sorting machine.
The material stream is divided into three fractions: the 3D fractions, such as cans, bottles or stones; the 2D fractions, such as paper and film; and the small fraction, depending on the screen fraction size.
The manfactured said that the Lubo Elliptical is unique because of its adjustable screen surface and the way it agitates the material. The result is claimed to be the efficient separation with a long service life plus a low cost of ownership.
Bollegraaf said that its Filmgrabber has been developed to solve this problem of plastic film which can make the sorting process of recyclables more difficult and more time- consuming.
The Filmgrabber sorts film from the other recyclables at the beginning of the separation process, and is claimed to eliminate over 70% of the film larger than A4 from the material stream.
The machine consists of a rotating drum with a variable speed motor and protruding fingers which comb through the recyclables and hook the film.
The film is lifted out of the stream, after which the fingers retract and the film is blown off to the collection bin.
A video detailing the project can be viewed below.
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