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First ever waste recycling system to eliminate manual handling

Supplier: Industrial Conveying Australia

An Australian materials handling system designer and manufacturer has developed a world-first technology to automatically process paper, glass, plastic, aluminium, steel, cardboard and other domestic recyclables with minimal manual sorting.

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Developed with a $1.5m AusIndustry Commercial Ready Grant allocated for developing a solution for kerbside recycling, this new solution from Victoria-based Industrial Conveying (Aust) facilitates an operating profit right from the very start and will greatly reduce landfill.

Furthermore, it is so scalable that when implemented to serve a handful of regional towns it can be as profitable as one applied to serve a large city council.

Based on a very fast, conveyor-based sorting system, the ICA solution receives fully laden recycling trucks. Then the recyclables mix is loaded onto the ICA system where it is elevated along conveyors fitted with clever sorting and separating technology.

As this recyclables mix travels up the conveyor, the following sortation occurs at various points along the belt:

· Paper and plastic is separated into its own area for further classification.

· The paper then runs through screens along a separate conveyor system to separate coarse paper from fine paper, magazines and cardboard.

· The plastics are rapidly detected by lasers that read the molecular structure of each item. These plastics are then ejected into types of plastic by using air jets.

Meanwhile, back on the main conveyor:

· A strong magnet picks up any steel product.

· A spinning magnet assembly locates and separates aluminium

· Meanwhile, bottles and glass products are left to slide down the conveyor where optical electronics separates these into colour groups.

Managing Director of ICA, Mr Don Erskine, says this automated development is the first of its kind in the world, offering a level of efficiency and profitability to take kerbside recycling into a new era where it is a sustainable business," said Mr Erskine.

"The modular design allows smaller regions to value add to their waste stream and reduce the amount going to landfill.

"Recycling has always been a manually intensive industry with tiny profit margins – if any at all

"Our solution allows anything from the largest metropolitan sorting service to the smallest of regional councils to process their recycled products at good profit.

"This efficiency allows them to make money as most of the sorting is done automatically, therefore people at the front of the recycling-industry chain can make money rather than just those at the tail end of it.

"The total scalability allows a small town to run at a profit even though it may only need to run its facility, say, twice a week

"The quality of sorting allows the product to be sold at a higher price and creates flow-on industries such as with the glass because it is instantly sorted into different colours, and the same with the plastic.

"With the increase of recycled product, landfill requirements are also cut. Landfill is expensive at up to $80m2 in metropolitan area, so in reality there is a profit built in as soon as you start to process.

"Sorting can even be configured for particular industries looking for a supply line of specific product.

"All the while, the entire operation can be totally contained within an enclosed environment so that it is not a visible blight on the local environment.

"We are confident of selling this technology to the global export market."

For further information about First ever waste recycling system visit Industrial Conveying Australia at http://www.icaust.com.au
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