Recycling Lives relies on plant technology from BHS-Sonthofen

January 3, 2022
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The recycling plant in the UK for processing automotive shredder residue (ASR) and electric and electronic scrap (WEEE) was still under construction here. It was planned and implemented by BHS-Sonthofen
British recycling specialist Recycling Lives commissioned a recycling plant that was planned and implemented by BHS-Sonthofen at its site in Preston, England. Profitability and sustainable operation come hand in hand thanks to extensive testing at the BHS test center in Sonthofen beforehand. The process developed together with the company is based on a profitability analysis and ensures marketable end products.

The plant was designed to handle a variety of materials such as automotive shredder residue (ASR), electric and electronic scrap (WEEE) as well as so-called “meatballs” (electric motors and motor armatures). In the process of expanding capacities, the British recycling company Recycling Lives decided it required a plant that could process different materials simultaneously. After BHS had drawn up an initial concept for a plant, extensive tests were carried out at the Sonthofen test center with about two to three metric tons of each material required by the customer.

Tests and calculation allow for maximum added value

Based on the test data, the BHS team designed the plant accordingly and customized it to meet the client's demands. The feed material is supplied to a BHS Rotorshredder of type RS 3218 via a feed. The RS first crushes and separates the source material. This allows for a clean separation into fine fractions in the further process. Next, the cleaned material is transported via an overhead magnet to a cyclone separator, which was included in the order to BHS. The process, which was developed by BHS together with the British customer, produces market-ready end products.

Due to careful planning and design, Recycling Lives is thus able to recycle metallic waste products in a sustainable and economically efficient way, says Chief Engineer Gary Halpin: “Since the machine was installed three years ago downstream from our main shredder at the Recycling Park in Preston, it has proved efficient in further reducing the particulate size for more efficient extraction of metals and other materials from the waste stream. It is a valuable element within our waste processing operation, helping to extract maximum value and also increase the amount of material that can be recycled as we progress towards a circular economy solution.”