Grangemouth-based Impact Recycling showed its Baffled Oscillation Separation System (Boss) at RWM. Impact says the new, patented mixed plastic waste separator is a low cost mechanical means of separating mixed polyolefin rich plastics in nothing more than water, producing a pure PE and PP output.
It says the first full scale commercial rig is now operational at a recycling plant near London which processes mixed rigid plastics, including black plastics, with more full scale units to be delivered across the UK and Europe this year. It transforms polyolefin (PE and PP) rich mixed bales, at a target throughput of 1.5 tonnes per hour, into high value, 98% purity PE or PP streams.
Impact says the uplift price of PE and PP is so heavily influenced on the purity level of the material. A near zero value bale of mixed PE/PP and others can be transformed to produce a 98% pure material worth upwards of £400 per tonne.
Steven Burns, commercial director of Impact Recycling, says: “Boss has been developed from the ground up, taking into account the needs and wants of plastic recyclers to create an effective yet simple method for separating mixed plastics which has wide ranging applications.”