The right recycling solution for your needs

The Recycling & Environment division of BHS-Sonthofen offers a comprehensive range of machines, processes and full-scale plants for the recycling industry, waste disposal and environmental technology. We offer a comprehensive range of recycling machines for the efficient processing and pre-/post-shredding of a wide range of recyclable and waste materials. Depending on requirements, this includes machines implementing crushing, cutting or tearing technology. You benefit from obtaining solutions from a single vendor: We accompany the entire process from consulting, process development and profitability analysis through to the planning and commissioning of turnkey recycling plants.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Comprehensive product portfolio
  • Turnkey recycling plants from a single source
  • Consulting for process engineering
  • Test center allows for customer-specific tests
  • Profitability analyses

Turning waste into resources

Waste materials are valuable as they contain highly sought-after resources. The focus of our experience lies in the fields of metal recovery, domestic & industrial waste, refuse-derived fuels, gypsum board and disposal as well as biomass applications. Our solutions shred and crush the feed material to the desired size, and they pelletize or isolate material composites. This provides the ideal basis for subsequent separation and sorting processes.

From coarse to fine – from a single source

A recycling plant comprises many stages, each with different requirements – from very rough to highly refined processing. With our broad technology portfolio and extensive market and process know-how, we have the right tool for each production step. We also offer best-of-breed technology for particularly voluminous or bulky materials that need to be handled early on in the processing chain.

Products & plant engineering

Comprehensive portfolio for leading-edge productivity

BHS offers compact machines that make material shredding efficient across a broad range of applications.

Plant engineering from a single source

Recycling plants are complex systems. We are at your side from initial planning through to the commissioning of your turnkey plant.

Machine portfolio

Rotorshredder (RS)

Crushing, separation and disaggregation – the rotor shredder can do it all

Impact crusher & impact mill (PB & PM)

Low operating costs coupled with superior crushing performance

Rotor centrifugal crusher (RSMX)

High-performance crushers for hard or abrasive recycling materials

Rotor impact mill (RPMV & RPMX)

Ball shaper operating based on unique crushing principle

Universal shredder (NGU)

Continuous high-performance crusher for all cutting-related applications

Rotary shear (VR)

Versatile, heavy-duty crusher for tough shredding tasks

Pre-shredder (VSR)

Specialized in very bulky, voluminous materials

Solutions

Tests give certainty

Which technical solution is the right one for your recycling process? Don’t leave anything to chance. Our team of specialists will test your material at our test center and develop a solution tailored to your specific needs.

Success stories

An environmentally friendly alternative to peat: The Biogrinder efficiently processes compost

February 2021
The Biogrinder from BHS-Sonthofen is successfully used by a cooperative in northern Germany for the production of an alternative to peat. A mobile plant with a control system from BHS Control Systems was implemented. The plant efficiently shreds surpluses of compost material and produces a substance that is suitable for use as an environmentally friendly alternative to peat. For example, the product is added to the production of potting soil to reduce the amount of peat contained in it.

It’s all about the purity: high-grade aluminum concentrate from incinerator bottom ash

February 2021
French waste recycling company Norval has been using an impact mill (PM) from BHS-Sonthofen for aluminum processing in the final process step since June 2019. The sturdy machine frees the pre-sorted aluminum fraction from the waste incineration system from undesired adhesions, thus reliably ensuring that a high-grade aluminum concentrate is obtained.

Efficient recycling of electrical waste thanks to pre-shredder

October 2020
Recycling of electronical waste often makes pre-shredding necessary - but batteries and capacitors must not be damaged in the process. At the French Rousset facility near Marseilles, Triade Électronique, a subsidiary of Veolia, operates a recycling plant for electrical and electronic scrap. A customized pre-shredder from BHS-Sonthofen is used to facilitate efficient shredding. The built-in counter-crossbeam simplifies manual sorting and thus increases the share of saleable recycling materials.

Recycling company in the UK relies on plant technology from BHS to process ASR fractions, electronic scrap and meatballs

May 2020
A British company commissioned a recycling plant that was planned and implemented by BHS. The plant is designed to handle a variety of materials such as automotive shredder residue (ASR) fractions, electronic scrap and so-called “meatballs” (electric motors and motor armatures). The process developed together with the company is based on a profitability analysis and ensures marketable end products.

Two shredders for an SMP plant in China

January 2020
BHS-Sonthofen has delivered recycling technology for an SMP plant in Wuxi City of Jiangsu province, China. Toxic industry waste is usually disposed together with the packaging – for example steel drums or big bags. Roten, the Chinese company responsible for building the recycling plant, asked for solutions for the first step of the recycling process, which is the shredding of waste materials delivered in big bags. The customer's main requirement was high machine availability. BHS-Sonthofen opted for a two-stage shredding process with shearing shredder VR 1215 (hydraulic drive) and VR 0912 (electrical drive).

First Biogrinder for India's biogas industry

December 2019
India generates a large amount of agricultural waste, including crop residues. As burning organic waste is considered to be a major cause of air pollution, the government of India has been offering incentives to mitigate the pollution problem and convert rice straw that is widely available in India into biogas. “Especially in northern part of India, rice straw will be an important raw material for biogas production”, says Neelesh Desai, Managing Director of BHS-Sonthofen India.

Rotorshredder makes recycling meatballs even more efficient

June 2019
BHS-Sonthofen has developed a new procedure for processing meatballs in order to increase the amount of copper recovered. Electric motors and motor armatures represent a small fraction of waste from incineration or large shredders, and it is difficult to cleanly separate them by type. Yet they contain a good deal of valuable copper, whose share is up to 22 percent. This impressive new procedure features a Rotorshredder optimized for this process, subsequent materials separation and copper processing using a rotor impact mill.

Biogrinder for biomass treatment plant

May 2019
The Association for Waste Management Kempten put a biomass treatment plant into operation in 2019. Technology worth about €2.8 million in total ensures that foreign matter is optimally removed from organic waste and green waste to prepare it for fermentation. A BHS-Sonthofen Biogrinder is now used to process and shred this material. Its low power consumption and exceptional shredding results, even for challenging input material, are what make it stand out.

Less wear for economically efficient processing of ASR

March 2019
Since March 2019, a BHS-Sonthofen rotor impact mill (type RPMX) has been in operation at Jansen Shredder Recycling BV in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, for the fine processing of automotive shredder residues (ASR). Thanks to years of experience in the processing of metal-bearing waste materials, the experts from Sonthofen found the optimal solution for processing abrasive materials. Wear costs at Jansen have significantly decreased since.

Plant for recycling automotive shredder residues (ASR) in Finland.

July 2017
Kajaanin Romu Oy operates one of Finland’s most cutting-edge plants for recycling scrap in the town of Kajaani, located approximately 500 km northeast of Helsinki. The company commissioned a BHS-Sonthofen plant for processing automotive shredder residue (ASR) fine fractions of particle sizes between 0 and 30 mm. It separates the feed material abundant with valuable metals into ‘light’ and ‘heavy’ fractions in a single pass. This allows the plant operators to economically produce fractions that can be sold profitably. Moreover, the plant significantly reduces the cost of material disposal at landfills.

Events

International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) 2021

22.09.-24.09.2021 | Geneva (Switzerland)

Pollutec 2021

12.10.-15.10.2021 | Lyon (France)

Vakbeurs Recycling (Gorinchem) 2021

16.11.-18.11.2021 | Gorinchem (The Netherlands)

IERC 2022

19.01.-21.01.2022 | Salzburg (Austria)

News

BHS-Sonthofen offers control solutions for complete recycling plants

04. May 2021
BHS-Sonthofen now offers turnkey control systems for complete plants in the field of recycling and environment thanks to the newly founded BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG. The customer receives complete solutions tailored to their needs, including recycling, control, and automation technology from a single source. BHS provides assistance in transferring the control system to modern systems.

Waste management company based in southern Germany uses Rotorshredder from BHS-Sonthofen

13. April 2021
Choosing the right shredding solution is important when recycling aluminum and aluminum scrap. That’s why a waste management company located in southern Germany opted for the proven Rotorshredder (RS) from BHS-Sonthofen. This machine not only shreds the feed material, but also optimally breaks up composites, which results in fractions with a high degree of purity.

Indian company uses BHS Biogrinder to process rice straw

26. August 2020
At its biogas plant near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab, the Indian company Source Facility uses a BHS Biogrinder to process paddy straw, coconut shells and other organic waste materials. The Biogrinder works for multiple feed materials and allows for an efficient biogas production process.

BHS-Sonthofen launches a new version of the Biogrinder on the market

15. July 2020
BHS-Sonthofen has launched a new, completely redesigned version of the successful Biogrinder on the market. The Biogrinder is used in biomass processing, where it ensures that biogas is generated efficiently and production is accelerated. The machine is now fitted with a disk rotor and stainless-steel components, making it stand out thanks to its improved durability and flexibility.

New Area Sales Manager in the Recycling & Environment business

06. July 2020
Ulrich Kanzleiter has been new Area Sales Manager in the Recycling & Environment business since 1 June 2020. His focus is on Eastern Europe, Austria and the Benelux countries.

New process from BHS avoids hazards in recycling of lithium-ion batteries

02. July 2020
While the relevance of batteries and accumulators as storage media is increasing significantly, their recycling is linked to challenges. BHS-Sonthofen has developed a safe process for the recycling of batteries and accumulators in several research projects. A continuous gas-tight process from the shredder to the dryer, where the electrolytes evaporate, reliably prevents fires and the escape of toxic gases.

Less wear for economically efficient processing of ASR

19. May 2020
A BHS-Sonthofen rotor impact mill (type RPMX) has been in operation at Jansen Shredder Recycling BV in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, for the fine processing of automotive shredder residues (ASR) for almost a year. Thanks to years of experience in the processing of metal-bearing waste materials, the experts from Sonthofen found the optimal machine for processing abrasive materials. Wear costs at Jansen have significantly decreased since.

Generating fresh value from organic waste

14. January 2020
The Association for Waste Management Kempten (Zweckverband für Abfallwirtschaft Kempten – ZAK) has been using their new biomass treatment plant since May 2019. Technology worth about €2.8 million in total now ensures that foreign matter is optimally removed from organic waste and green waste before fermentation. The plant-based elements have to be effectively decomposed in order to achieve the best result for the latter. That’s why a BHS-Sonthofen Biogrinder is now used to process and shred this material. Its low power consumption and exceptional shredding results, even for challenging input material, are what make it stand out.

BHS-Sonthofen acquires control technology provider Thoma

07. January 2020
BHS-Sonthofen considerably expanded its portfolio in all things control technology at the turn of the year. Its newly founded subsidiary BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG. acquired Thoma Elektrosteuerungsanlagen GmbH from Babenhausen near Memmingen as part of an asset purchase agreement on 1 January 2020. This will allow BHS-Sonthofen to significantly expand its expertise in the area of control technology. Alongside Thoma’s existing business fields, BHS Control Systems is taking on the tasks of planning and implementing plant control systems for projects undertaken by BHS-Sonthofen and AVA GmbH & Co. KG, the latter of which was acquired in 2018.

A major investment: BHS-Sonthofen opens a new, modern test center

27. July 2019
On 26 July 2019, BHS-Sonthofen unveiled a new and modern test center in Sonthofen, Germany. The investment of €3.8 million underscores the Group’s leading position as a process consultant and solution provider for mechanical process technology with a focus on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration technologies. BHS will perform production-scale tests at the center on all machines and processes offered by the company.

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