The company, Eclipse Magnetics, have recently created a machine that is going to be able sort recycling better thanks to magnetism. The technology is being utilised in Lincolnshire at a plant which is capable of processing nearly 150,000 tonnes of recyclable material every year. It is the largest bottle sorting facility in Europe and it is thought the technology is going to make the recycling process more efficient.
The magnets are going to work as they are going to be able to remove plastic which has metal present in it. Metal present in plastic recycling can damage the equipment in the recycling facility during the end stage of the process. By extracting the metal from the plastic by using high-powered magnets, the recycling process is going to be made faster and more efficient.
The system that is being introduced is particularly remarkable because it is able to handle five tonnes of recycled waste every single hour. It is capable of extracting any ferrous metals that are contaminating the recycling including any particles that are very fine.
Furthermore, the system is incredibly durable and it has been designed to run non-stop, this non-stop ability is facilitated by the fact that it has an anti-blockage device which makes the process very simple.
There is a cleaning system which is fully automated on the device and can remove any metal contamination without the need for maintenance or cleaning. It is estimated that the devices are going to remove nearly 90 kilograms of ferrous metals that contaminate the plastic on a weekly basis.
When you consider that most of the metal is very small this is a huge amount that has been contaminating the waste previously. The system is made up of several very high-powered magnetic rods which work to attract the metal.