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Mixed Municipal Solid Waste

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Municipal solid waste (MSW) contains recyclable fractions, such as plastics, mixed paper, cardboard, and metals. The demand for these materials is rising, compared with that for primary resources.

Traditional (manual) or semi-automated techniques are only able to recover low levels of separate materials from mixed municipal waste sorting streams and mean considerable content going to landfill.

Automated household sorting

In contrast, TOMRA Sorting’s fully automated, state-of-the-art, sensor-based municipal sorting systems convert complex and varied – even dirty – municipal waste sorting streams into high quality, separated, marketable output. The systems also make manual sorting unnecessary, thus reducing labor costs and material loss, while increasing efficiency.

TOMRA’s municipal waste sorting systems identify and sort grain sizes from 10 to 500mm, separated according to preferred size ranges. They also provide complete future flexibility, through the ability to react quickly and cost-effectively to changes, such as new regulation and alterations in material input streams.

TOMRA Sorting’s municipal solid waste sorting technology provides inert material elimination of up to 95% in municipal waste, producing material suitable for biomethanisation. Inert material, such as glass and stones, can cause significant problems during the treatment process and therefore has to be reduced to a minimum, while as little organic content as possible is removed.

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