German plastics recycling company TM Recycling has invested about €10 million ($13.4 million) to build a new PET plastics recycling facility. Construction of the plant is associated with the formation of PFR Nord GmbH in Hohenwestedt
TM Recycling, along with AFA Nord GmbH, are a part of the German company Mensing Group, headquartered in Germany.
The facility has been operating since June 2013 and is processing around 100 tonnes of PET bottles per day, according to Redwave systems, which supplied sensor sorting technology for the facility.
For the process, PET bales are opened and separated by a bale opener, then the magnetic parts are separated using an overbelt magnet. Rims and fines are separated using a ballistic separator Following the ballistic separator, the 30 fraction is passed through an eddy current separator to isolate the aluminium.
The next step is the separation of contaminants such as PVC using a Red wave sorting machine, which is designed to recognize and separate different plastic materials using near-infrared technology. Color sorting, including recovery using the Redwave NIR/C color sorter, is also implemented to identify and separate different materials and colors, the company says.
The sorted clear PET is shredded and washed, and sold as PET flakes after sorting, the company reports.