B+B Anlagenbau of Germany has installed a new plastics recycling plant at Ekokem's Riihimäki site in Finland.
Ekokem, which was taken over last year by energy corporation Fortum, is a leading waste management and recycling company in the Scandinavian market, with subsidiaries in Sweden and Denmark in addition to its business in Finland.
The new recycling plant is designed for an hourly throughput of 1,500-3,000 kg, handling HDPE and PP post-consumer waste and also LDPE and LLDPE film materials.
B+B said: “The alternating feeding of rigid plastics (HDPE and PP), occurring in the form, for example, of bottle crates, buckets, pipes, bottles and films of the LDPE and LLDPE (stretch) groups, in the form of packaging, building and agricultural films, demands complex standards in the plant technology and its control system.”
The plant includes machinery for compaction, shredding, washing including wet milling, separation, sorting, extrusion, dust extraction, waste water treatment.
B+B Anlagenbau said it planned, designed, supervised, produced and installed the entire plant process, including both the necessary engineering services and mechanical and electrical production, complete with the control technology and software.
Fortum announced the takeover of Ekokem in May 2016 for the purchase price of €700m. From April 4, Ekokem will change its name to Fortum, forming the latter's Recycling and Waste Solutions unit.