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Recycling Technik expo: progress quicker than politics

Germany – More than 6731 visitors and 500 exhibitors flocked to the much anticipated Recycling-Technik trade show, held recently in the Germany city of Dortmund. This record attendance represents 3% and 10% increases over the previous edition.

Amidst the many shredder and baler manufacturers, the French company Minet Lacing Technology (MLT) stood out with its various patented conveyor belt solutions.

‘Recyclers have to process a lot of bulky materials, and those can seriously damage the belt. Of course, time is money,’ notes Myriam Moretton.

‘We want to make sure that businesses can quickly fix the belt instead of having to replace it, meaning they no longer have to stop operations for several hours,’ she adds.

A popular choice is Super-Screw, which is a rubber lacing to be screwed onto the belt to cover the torn area, compatible with any weather conditions and available in customised configurations.

Don’t wait for legislation to improve

Meanwhile, the Fraunhofer Institute presented its construction and demolition waste recycling project BauCycle. This waste stream exceeds 50 million tonnes domestically each year, so says the German research and engineering team.

The C&D waste initiative pioneers an optical sorting process that can sort 1.5 tonnes of per hour, with costs at roughly EUR 5 per tonne. It is specifically aimed at the fine fractions that make up some 5 million tonnes of the annual waste stream, including lime and concrete flakes as well as brick fragments.

The latter is currently being landfilled, but with strict legislation in the works it is only a matter of time before the option to downcycle is taken off the table, the Fraunhofer experts urge. They argue it is better to ‘beat politicians to the punch’ by coming up with an innovative way to treat the waste now rather than a couple of years from now.

High quality contacts

‘It was our first time exhibiting at Recycling-Technik Dortmund, and it was absolutely the right decision,’ states Manfred Eßmann, sales manager for Lindner Recyclingtech. ‘The trade visitors came with specific enquiries; from the approximately 50 high-quality contacts we made, we’re expecting some good orders.’

Indeed, Recycling-Technik has evolved into a ‘must-attend event’ for those active in the recycling industry, affirms Tim Stratmann, engineering and maintenance department specialist at Aurubis AG.

Two technology awards as well as EUR 5000 prize money went to Spaleck GmbH & Co. KG (Recycling-Technik) and FTK Förderbandtechnik Kilian GmbH (exhibiting at the parallel expo Solids).

The next edition of Recycling-Technik and Solids has been scheduled for 7 and 8 November 2018, once again in Dortmund.

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