West Midlands-based waste battery collection and recycling company G&P Batteries has doubled its capacity to handle non-lead acid batteries with an improved automated sorting system.
It was the first company in Europe to install the system in 2012, and has since worked with developer Refind Technologies to make improvements. The result is a completely new model, which takes up a much smaller footprint yet is capable of sorting twice as many batteries as the original.
G&P now has the capacity to sort around three million cells a week using the system. It is designed to recognise and separate the most common battery brands and chemistries, thereby speeding up the sorting process. The system should allow G&P to manage the increase in volumes of portable waste batteries collected required by legislation.
Michael Green, G&P managing director, said: “While we will always require the expertise of manual sorters, for their experience in identifying the lesser known battery brands and chemistries, the systems developed by Refind continues to make a positive impact on our business efficiency.”