Waste and recycling company Romerike Avfallsforedling IKS (RoAF) has installed 16 of TOMRA´s AUTOSORT optical sorters to separate green bio-waste bags and recyclable fractions from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).
This award-winning site is the first fully automated sorting plant for MSW worldwide, requiring no manual labour for the sorting and quality control of recyclable materials. German plant builder, Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH, received the 2014 German-Norwegian business award for the project and in the same year, RoAF was awarded the innovation prize by Avfall Norge for its state-of-the-art site.
RoAF is responsible for the collection of household waste and operates one of the most sophisticated and advanced sorting plants for mixed MSW in the world today. Located in Skedsmokorset, near Oslo, Norway, the plant began operating in January 2014 and now serves more than 190,000 inhabitants. It has the capacity to manage 40 tonnes per hour.
Substantial targets set the bar for RoAFs pioneering plant
The Norwegian company had three main objectives for building a modern MSW sorting plant:
- Increase the overall recovery of recyclable materials, in particular plastics and bio-waste, which has been separately collected in green bio-waste bags since the opening of the plant in 2014 to supplement RoAF’s existing separate collection systems for paper, glass and metals
- To meet RoAF´s sorting targets of 2,500 tons of plastic for recycling and a minimum of 6,000 tons annually of source separated bio-waste which has been collected in green plastic bags
- To combine efficient automated technologies in order to achieve a high level of high quality recyclable materials from waste, without using manual labour in the sorting process