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Albert Mateu, Director of the Treatment Division at Griñó Ecologic, has outlined the advantages of this innovative technology: “Automatic separation by sensors enables treatment of a greater amount of material, considerably increasing the plant’s overall performance and lowering handling costs. Moreover, the result is high-quality sorted material”.
This is not the group’s first experience with TOMRA Sorting’s sensor-based technology, since it has another light packaging sorting plant, which was automated in successive phases and fitted with TOMRA´s sensor-based sorting technology. This plant, situated in Constantí (Tarragona), treats 5 t/h of packaging waste, serving a population of 810,000 throughout the province. It was also treating light packaging collected in Lleida province until the start-up of the Montoliu de Lleida plant.
"...efficient technologies with a higher degree of automation led us toward TOMRA equipment."
"Our company’s constant quest for more efficient technologies with a higher degree of automation led us toward TOMRA equipment. The experience at both plants has been highly positive. The results obtained at the Constantí plant were extremely satisfactory, a fact that also encouraged the use of equipment for automatic sensor-based sorting of waste in the Montoliu sorting plant”, Albert Mateu said.
The latest-generation equipment at the Montoliu plant is more compact, reliable, power-efficient and accurate. This equipment enables sorting of two different waste groups with a single block of valves where the acceleration conveyor divides longitudinally (double track), allowing the investment to be optimized since a single sorter can separate two fractions at once with the same effectiveness as two independent units.