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Plastics separation solution for Chinese crackdown

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Recyclers are experiencing increasing difficulties exporting their plastic residues to Hong Kong and China. To make this easier, Ad Rem has teamed up with Galloo Plastics to develop a solution.

With its plastic separators, clean and pure plastic streams can be obtained, ready for sale to domestic parties or for export to China.

Ad Rem has obtained an exclusive licence from Galloo for the patented process that separates a plastics mix from automotive shredder residue or waste electrical and electronic equipment into three fractions: chlorinated plastics, refuse-derived fuel and recyclable plastics (mix of PE, PP, ABS, PS).

This is done by separating the plastics in a specially developed separation tank containing water with a pH-neutral additive that is environmentally friendly (pictured). The additive can be fully recovered from the rinse water for reuse.

Ad Rem is also able to deliver equipment to further separate the recyclable plastics. This allows recyclers to upgrade their plastic waste streams to provide a usable end product. Coloured plastics, including black, can be separated at very high capacities and with superior accuracy.

Ad Rem has also designed the Vulture, a heavy media plant for zorba and incinerator bottom ash (IBA) separation, producing a high-grade aluminium concentrate requiring only a marginal operation cost.

“By separating zorba or IBA into aluminium and heavy metals we can create an added value of at least $75 (£58) per tonne,” said Brian Noppe, general manager at Ad Rem. “It also avoids sending zorba to China.”

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