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Drone keeps eye on Recycling Aktiv trade show

Germany – Exhibitors and visitors at last week’s Recycling Aktiv trade show encountered something they had probably never seen before at a recycling event as a helicopter drone flew over the open-air show floor near the German city of Baden-Baden.

The drone’s video camera filmed an aerial view of the live demonstrations of metal and wood shredder machinery. ‘It is the first time drone technology has been used at a recycling trade show,’ claimed André Brockschmidt, managing director of the Bauforum24.tv video production company.

This approach provides ‘spectacular views’ of the recycling machinery in action and offers ‘a different angle’, he said. ‘You can truly look into the mouth of the shredder and see how a car wreck is eaten up.’

Shooting videos from the air at Recycling Aktiv was ‘quite a complex job’, Brockschmidt told Recycling International, because the event took place near a commercial airport, Baden Airpark. ‘Safety first, we have to ask the air control tower for permission every time we want our drone to take off,’ he pointed out.

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