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Sita unveils hi-tech plastics sorting facility

Netherlands – Waste management company Sita has officially unveiled a facility capable of sorting 25% of source-separated household plastics in the Netherlands.

The official inauguration ceremony at the new site in the Rotterdam seaport area was attended by hundreds of dignitaries representing local and international waste management interests. In cutting the ribbon, Dutch minister of Environment Joop Atsma  said: ‘We should compliment the inhabitants of the Netherlands. In 2010, they collected ten times more discarded plastic than in 2008. Our ambition as a government is to develop major raw material circles, which keeps the loss of material as low as possible.’

The installation has the capability to sort and recycle 30 000 tonnes per year. Built by German company Stadler, it boasts a high level of flexibility and can be adapted to new developments in mixed material throughput. The equipment can detect five types of clean plastic streams.

Constructed in four months, the plant’s technology includes five near-infrared sorters, four windsifters, four ballistic separators, nine control belts, an overband magnet and a large trommel screen, it has been claimed as one of the most modern European facilities for mixed plastics sorting.

A youtube video featuring the new plant (Dutch text)

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