Waste Electric & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Allcontrols supplies the latest turnkey separation solutions for the recovery of metals and polymers into clean high-purity fractions from appliances covered by the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Regulations Directive (2002/96/EC)

The WEEE Regulations relate to large domestic appliances (LDA) such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, tumble dryers, and small domestic appliances (SDA), such as IT equipment, mobile phones, televisions, audio equipment, toys with electronic components and so on. The regulations cover one of the fastest-growing waste streams in Europe – some nine million tonnes were generated in 2005. This was expected to increase to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020.

With access to the latest sorting technology – including density sorters, magnetic, electrostatic separators, optical sorters, eddy current separators, induction separators and metal detectors – Allcontrols’ systems to recover WEEE materials offer increased yields, improved quality and enhanced productivity. Our proven recycling and separation concepts ensure maximum recovery rates and clean high-purity fractions such as ferrous, non-ferrous, stainless steel, PP, PP20, ABS and PS.

Magnetic Separators:  With a wide range of magnetic systems, including neodymium (rear earth), eddy current separators and induction separators, even the finest metal fractions can be recovered. All eddy current separators are equipped with an eccentric rotor, eliminating the risk of rotor burn-in, and are capable of recovering non-ferrous fractions
of >0.5mm.

Density Separators: A unique patented design, utilising calcium carbonate as a medium. The system maintains a consistent density with low running and disposal costs. The recovered fractions – PP20, ABS, PS and PP – can be further separated with Hamos electrostatic separators.

Electrostatic and Elastomer Separators:  With the Hamos EKS it is possible to separate ABS, PS and PP20 from each other at large volumes and high purities, regardless of colour – including black polymers. The Hamos RSS separates commingled ridged from non-ridged fractions. In WEEE material separation, elastomer such as natural rubber (NR), nitrile rubber (NBR), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), silicone rubber (SI, Q, VMQ), chloroprene rubber (for example, neoprene) and fluoro-elastomer are removed from the ridged polymer
stream.

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Optical Sorters:  The SEA.CX optical sorter, with near-to-human-eye visual capability, enables polymer fractions to be sorted into singular colours or colour groups, thus reducing the amount of masterbatch required.