TOMRA Sorting GmbH

Titech appointed as Sterecycle`s technology partner to pre-sort autoclave input material


Source: TOMRA Sorting GmbH

TITECH has been appointed by waste management specialist, Sterecycle, as its technology partner to deliver advanced sensor-based sorting solutions at the company’s MSW plant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Sterecycle is investing in an expansion programme at the plant, which is the world’s first commercial scale autoclave waste treatment facility. This latest expansion will increase the plant’s processing capacity to up to 175,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, including plastics, paper, cardboard and textiles.

Two TITECH autosort systems will be installed at the Rotherham site, enabling Sterecycle to recover fibre and plastics.  By pre-sorting fibre and plastics prior to the autoclaving process, the benefits are two-fold: value can be extracted from the fibre and plastics, and a pure organic fraction is achieved for the autoclaving input material, making the process much more effective.

The TITECH autosort combines near infra-red (NIR) and visual (VIS) sensors that are able to simultaneously sort material by material type and colour. Whereas conventional technology is incapable of capturing these resources, the TITECH autosort can be programmed to identify and separate each individual fraction. This allows maximum value to be extracted from the waste stream, diverting it from landfill and increasing recovery of materials for re-sale.

Prior to recommending the dual TITECH autosort solution for Sterecycle’s Rotherham plant, extensive testing of the plant’s infeed material took place at TITECH’s Mülheim-Kärlich testing facility in Germany.

James Crankshaw, Operations Director at Sterecycle, comments: “Our Rotherham plant became operational in June 2008 and since then we have invested in new solutions to strengthen our offering. TITECH’s reputation, and willingness to ensure that the best technology solution was identified, gave us the confidence that we would be able to achieve excellent recovery rates for plastics and fibre – and a high purity rate for our autoclaving input material.”

Stephen Almond, Sales Engineer at TITECH, adds: “This is the first time that TITECH has recovered material prior to an autoclave system, so it’s an exciting project to be working on. We are delighted to help Sterecycle recover a wider range of recyclable materials and maintain the company’s impressive landfill diversion rates of over 70%. Being involved at the outset of Sterecycle’s latest expansion plans meant we were able to recommend a bespoke solution that is ideally suited to this unique application.”


TITECH, part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions, was founded in 1996 and is a world leader in sensor-based sorting in recycling. The company has offices and test facilities on all continents and over the past twenty years TITECH has installed more than 3,000 sensor-based sorting machines in recycling applications throughout the world. For further information, please visit

About TOMRA Sorting Solutions

TOMRA Sorting Solutions, business area of publicly listed, Norwegian-based TOMRA Systems, is a global leader in the development of sensor-based sorting solutions of primary and secondary raw materials. With more than 6000 installations in more than 40 countries it has been setting the international standards for sorting in the mining, recycling and food industries since 1996. For further information, please visit

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