The optical sensors used in the AUTOSORT™ units are capable of exceptionally precise sorting, even to the point of being able to separate small parts such as metal bottle caps from metal cans. Ekombud Spółka’s target fractions are plastics and paper. Typically, four tons of plastic and six tons of paper are processed per hour at the plant. Using the AUTOSORT™ units, the plastic waste is sorted into fourteen different plastic types, with individual fractions of colorless, blue and green PET bottles, PET trays, PE, PP and Tetrapack all recovered for resale. Once the plastics have been recovered, the remaining material is separated into ferrous, aluminum, colorless and colored foil, and paper. Skilled employees oversee the sorting operations at the plant and manually pick any items that are not separated automatically for quality control purposes.
A spokesperson for Ekombud Spółka says: “TOMRA is recognized as a global leader in sensor-based sorting technology, with more than 8,200 systems installed in 100 countries worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development of leading technologies which was an important consideration for us when choosing who to appoint as our technology partner. Their industry knowledge, technical expertise and consultancy support were extremely valuable to us at every stage of this project.
“Thanks to the finance received from Norway Grants and close collaboration with TOMRA Recycling, we have been able to vastly improve large-scale waste management and the effectiveness of waste segregation in the Bochnia district of Poland. TOMRA’s equipment has dramatically improved effectiveness of our waste sorting processes and has allowed us to recover high purity material to sell on to recyclers. In doing so, our plant is playing a vital role in meeting the recycling targets set by our government here in Poland and is very much in line with Poland’s Circular Economy policy.”