TOMRA Sorting France, the world leader in optical sorting technologies, has been chosen to supply the Paprec Group and Groupe Nicollin with advanced solutions to sort 68,000 tons of mixed household waste per year from the 1.4 million inhabitants of the Grand Lyon metropolitan area.
The Grand Lyon announced in July its decision to entrust Paprec and Nicollin, both top-six companies in waste management in France, with this task. The two operators have committed to a minimum overall recovery rate of 95% from incoming materials - which will comprise cardboard, plastics and metals - and have called on TOMRA Sorting to equip their factories with sensor-based sorting machines to achieve this result.
The Paprec Group will handle 60% of the volume (41,000 tons per year) and is investing €25m in the creation of a new sorting plant in Saint-Priest. This will be the Group’s largest facility in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with the capacity to sort 60,000 tons per year, and will be operational by July 2019.
Groupe Nicollin will sort the remaining 40% (27,000 tons per year) at Saint-Fons, and is investing €4m to modernize and increase the capacity of this facility to 40,000 tons annually by April 2019.
The heart of Paprec’s sorting line, designed by Aktid, will consist of 15 AUTOSORT Touch sensor-based sorting machines from TOMRA, providing a total treatment width greater than 40 meters, with a load-rate less than 500 kg/h per meter.
At Nicollin, Hofmann's sorting line will include four 2.8-metre AUTOSORT Touch machines which will process multi-material and lightweight packaging to extract nine streams: magazine journals, cartons, food cartons, mixed paperboard, steel, aluminum, clear PET, dark PET, and HDPE.
Frédéric Durand, General Manager of TOMRA Sorting France, commented: "Both of these sorting plants will be equipped with TOMRA’s new SHARP EYE technology, which makes sorting single-layer PET trays possible. The paper sorting lines will be equipped with binary machines to optimize the quality of the outgoing streams. All TOMRA machines will be equipped with the VBC system which allows the solenoid valves to be positioned on the maintenance bridge for greater safety and ease of maintenance.”
TOMRA was a no-risk choice
Christophe Mallevays, Director of Paprec’s Communities Department and National Director of sorting selective collections, said: “Citeo requires the sorting plants to sort the films and three rigid plastic streams. These are clear PET, HDPE/PP, and a stream called "development" containing four materials: dark PET, trays, PS and opaque PET. We plan to directly sort this last stream in situ, to obtain seven streams of rigid plastics quality. This allows us to offer a very high valuation and avoid an over-sorting step for the Grand Lyon.
“We are very satisfied with our collaboration with TOMRA at a 36,000 tons-per-year plant in Cannes, including the consistency of sorting results despite temperature variations. For Lyon, which is a much larger center, we wanted binary machines, large width, and reliability to maximize the investment. With TOMRA, we know we are not taking risks."
Hocine Atek, director of the Nicollin Center in Saint-Fons, said: “With more than 19 years of experience in sorting the Grand Lyon's selective waste collection, our company has always tried to remain at the forefront of innovation by choosing the most efficient techniques and equipment on the market. That's why we trusted the professionalism of Hofmann and TOMRA.”
Frédéric Durand added: “We are very proud of the trust that the Paprec and Nicollin Groups place in TOMRA and its technologies. By sorting all the selective collections in the Grand Lyon in 2019, the TOMRA AUTOSORT machines will make a meaningful contribution to improving the value of packaging, particularly plastics."