An automated hi-tech centre at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, sorts larger volumes of waste
SUEZ built a new waste automated sorting plant to improve plastic waste recycling. This cutting-edge plant makes Rotterdam a pioneer town in the eco-responsible approach of the Netherlands and opens the way to the spreading of other similar plants in the country
Enter waste recycling into the Dutch environment dynamic
Optimise waste sorting in Rotterdam through automation
Many Dutch municipalities entrusted SUEZ to:
- improve its performance in plastic packaging waste sorting to recover as much as possible;
- obtain high quality, homogeneous plastic material for recycling purposes.
To make its mission a success, in 2011 SUEZ built a latest-generation sorting centre in Rotterdam with several objectives:
- Automate waste sorting for optimum productivity
A fully automated plastic sorting line uses innovative techniques such as advanced optical sorting, recent infra-red technology and compressed air. All process steps are done under the supervision of the control room staff to avoid irregularities.
- Increase the recycling rate and thereby preserve the environment
The automated process increases the quantity of recoverable material and raises sorting capacity. After verification, materials are compressed into bales. These bales are stored in site warehouses before transport to transformation plants to enjoy a second life.
Through a decisive partnership with packaging producers, SUEZ succeeded in adapting certain containers to optimise the recycling rate upstream: e.g. change to the colour of detergent bottles to identify them more easily in the sorting phase, modification of bottle forms to reduce residue stored after usage.
- Raise public awareness
An information area for councillors and civil servants from municipalities was installed next to the plant. The World of SUEZ exhibition provides useful information about the circular economy and the virtues of recycling, witnessed by the high-tech leading edge technologies used on this waste sorting site.
This waste sorting plant meets the needs Dutch authorities and producers of packages: it is the only unit capable of sorting high volumes of plastic packaging waste prior to recycling.
The automated system is used to separate all types of plastics according to their form, weight, type of resin, etc. A genuine technical and industrial challenge, where the combination of leading-edge technologies on an automated sorting line produces high-precision results.
The Rotterdam waste sorting centre is the first step in a program to build high-tech units across the Netherlands.
In 2014 the Rotterdam waste sorting plant is extended to sort the increasing volumes of collected plastic packaging waste.