Bollegraaf updates MRF system in France

Written by: Bollegraaf | Published:

Ateliers Fouesnantais, Ecotri (AFE) in France recently asked Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions to further improve their new MRF. With the upgrade of the existing system, also built by Bollegraaf, Ecotri is able to sort film from the waste stream at an early stage, so the waste volumes to be processed can be increased.

Together with partners Tomra for the optical sorting and Lubo Systems for the screening technology, Bollegraaf was able to the deliver a facility of 20 tonnes/hr.


Capacity: 20 tonnes/hr Input: Single stream surface area: 3,256 m2 Recyclables: Paper, Cardboard, PET, HDPE, PS, PP, PE, Plastic film.

Technologies: Lubo Elliptical, Lubo OCC Screen, Lubo Fines Screen, Lubo Paper Magnet, Lubo ONP Screen, Bollegraaf Drumfeeder, Bollegraaf Filmgrabber

Cleaner output through screening technology

Recirculation loops keep feeding residue back into the system, including the waste at the very end which results in the highest possible purity of all recyclables. For example, in order to reach 95% purity, the installation has been equipped with the Lubo Elliptical, which is a ballistic sorting machine.

The material stream is divided into three fractions: it separates the 3D fractions, such as cans, bottles or stones from the 2D fractions, such as paper and film, and separates the small fraction, depending on the screen fraction size. The Lubo Elliptical is unique because of the adjustable screen surface and the way it agitates the material. The result: the efficient separation with a long service life plus a low cost of ownership.

Less maintenance by adding Bollegraaf Filmgrabber

Plastic film, such as shopping bags and wrappings, make the sorting process of recyclables more difficult and more time-consuming. The Bollegraaf Filmgrabber has been developed to solve this problem.

The Bollegraaf Filmgrabber sorts film from the other recyclables at the beginning of the separation process, eliminating over 70% of the film larger than A4 from the material stream. The machine consists of a rotating drum with a variable speed motor and protruding fingers which comb through the recyclables and hook the film. The film is lifted out of the stream, after which the fingers retract and the film is blown off to the collection bin.

The upgrade at Ecotri included an increase of the level of automation of the system; manual sorting stations are replaced by quality control stations where pickers recycle errors conveyed in the automatic line. This both reduces the operational costs as well as increases the purity rate of the output significantly.

This aspect was said to be especially important to Ecotri in view of their commitment to reduce waste and the cost to dispose of it.

This material is protected by MA Business Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.


Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.