Metal Separation at IERC 2018

Bunting Exhibiting at 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress (17-19 January 2018)

IERC, the first major recycling event of 2018, is being held in Salzburg, Austria between the 17th and 19th of January.  For the first time, Bunting Magnetics will have a stand at the event.

During the 3 day congress, experts from around the world will discuss the latest issues facing the recycling world such as the Chinese ban on plastic waste imports and the continued drive towards electric vehicles.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Technology is always high on the agenda as new innovations make it possible to recover and separate an increasing number of valuable metals whilst reducing the amount of unusable waste.

Bunting has developed a wide range of Magnetic Separator technology.  Following the acquisition of Master Magnets in January 2017, Bunting is able to provide solutions to separate any metals.

Stainless Steel Separation

Stainless Steel becomes very weakly magnetic when bent or cut (as when passed through a shredder).  Bunting developed two new Magnetic Separators, the High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC), and the Stainless Steel Separation Conveyor (SSSC).  Both systems have ultra high magnetic fields that enable the attraction and deflection of Stainless Steel, enabling separation.  Production sized equipment was recently on display the RWM 17 exhibition in the UK.

Non-Ferrous Metal Separation

The Eddy Current Separator remains a vital part of any recycling process, separating and recovering non-ferrous metals.  Master Magnets have a number of Eddy Current Separator configurations enabling the separation of large and very small non-ferrous metals.  In 2017, Master Magnets manufactured and shipped a record number of Eddy Current Separators.  This is as a direct result of companies seeing their equipment’s superior separation capabilities.

General Ferrous Metal Separation

Separating metal at stages is the key to enabling the best recovery and purity of metal.  General Magnetic Separators are commonly used earlier in the process to recovery or remove ferrous metals and include:

Bunting Europe’s Managing Director, Simon Ayling, will be at the congress.  If you have a specific application, please see us on our stand.

In the meantime, for further information on Metal Separation or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Recycling Business Development in France

Bunting Europe and Pronix Talk About Opportunities in the French Recycling and Waste Sector

At the RWM 2017 recycling and waste exhibition (12th – 14th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK), we caught up with Bunting’s Dave Hills (Head of Sales) and Alex Jarosz from the Bunting distributor in France, Pronix.

Pronix has been developing business in France for Bunting Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for the past 18 months.  Alex Jarosz has the specific responsibility of developing business in the waste and recycling sectors and had travelled across from France to attend RWM.  We asked why he felt that visiting RWM was important.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Alex:  “This was the first time since the acquisition that we had the opportunity to meet the Master Magnets team and visit their facility in Redditch.  In the days leading up to the show, I’ve been able to have some product training, which has helped broaden my knowledge and understanding.

Master Magnets have an extensive range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors specifically designed for the recycling and waste sector.  With the acquisition, it is really exciting to be able to offer these to customers in France.”

Alex also explained that he was in the UK to discuss the details of a new metal recycling project.

Alex:  “We are working on a new project where the customer is looking to supply a complete Metal Separation System (Drum Magnet and Eddy Current Separator).  We could all (Pronix, Bunting and Master Magnets) review the project in detail to ensure that what we are proposing is what the customer needs in terms of separation and installation.  The visit has been invaluable.”

We then asked Alex about the state of the recycling and waste sector in France.

Alex:  “In May 2017 we had an election and new government.  This always affects business confidence.  The waste and recycling sector in France has been struggling, with a great deal of restructuring.Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

However, our new president Emmanuel Macron has put the circular economy and recycling at the heart of our government’s economic model.  In fact, they have stated that they are aiming for the use of 100% of recycled plastics through the economy by 2025 as part of their aim to have a 100% circular economy.  The present recycling rate for plastics is 21% and so we anticipate huge changes and investment in new waste recycling plants.”

We asked Dave Hills about Alex’s visit to the UK.

Dave:  “18 months ago we started working with Pronix to develop business in France.  At the start we had very little, if any, presence in France, but Pronix have steadily changed that.

The acquisition of Master Magnets has significantly expanded our product portfolio and opened up new potential in France.  It is an exciting time.”

Pronix will be exhibiting at Pollutec 2018 (27th – 30th November, Lyon) the next major waste and recycling show in France.

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RWM17 Exhibition Review

Bunting Magnetics Review the UK’s Leading Waste and Recycling Show

On the 12th to 14th September 2017, the focus for the UK’s recycling and waste industry was the RWM 2017 exhibition (NEC, Birmingham).  Bunting Magnetics, along with their acquired business Master Magnets, were demonstrating metal separation on an Eddy Current Separator (for non-ferrous metals) and Stainless Steel Separator.

Bunting’s Dave Hills (Head of Sales) gave us his thoughts on the show:

“We [Bunting and Master Magnets] have come away from the show with some very high quality leads.  In fact, our sales team will be visiting potential customers this week and we are organising urgent tests at our site in Redditch.

The number of visitors to RWM17 appeared to be down on 2016, with day 1 and 3 particularly poorly attended.  The middle day was really busy and this was when we generated the vast majority of the leads.Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

As in previous years, we had Magnetic Separation equipment operating on the stand to stimulate interest.  And, as usual, our plan was successful with some of the enquiries being a direct result of visitors seeing a large lump of stainless steel being magnetically attracted and separated.  Our ethos of ‘Seeing Is Believing’ was correct and this has now moved onto the next step with the planning of more extensive tests at our Master Magnets plant.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

It was also great to see our Permanent Overband Magnets being displayed on a Terex Ecotech mobile recycling system in the external exhibition area.

Despite the positives, our major concern going forward is that the number of visitors to RWM continue to fall each year.  As openly discussed with exhibitors and visitors, there is a good argument for the show to be held every two-years instead of annually.  Indeed, many German exhibitions are only held every two or even three years.  There are possibly not enough new developments in the waste and recycling sector to justify visitors attending the show every year.  However, despite those concerns, the organisers simply seem intent on an annual show with the announcement of RWM18.

At this year’s show, many exhibitors openly admitted that they would not be attending RWM in 2018.  This continued contraction of the primary exhibition for recycling and waste in the UK is a real concern.  An honest and open review, with input from visitors and exhibitors, is needed.  RWM should be a showcase for the whole waste and recycling industry, but further contraction may put it at risk of closure.

Only in time will we [Bunting and Master Magnets] be able to measure the return on our investment in RWM17, once we been able to visit and speak with visitors and assess how we can help them solve their metal separation problems..

We wish to thank everyone who took the time to visit our stand at RWM17.  Our team enjoyed the show and we will be in contact with you shortly.”

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3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts

Environmental Facts and Figures For The UK

Next week is RWM, the UK’s largest waste and recycling exhibition, and we thought that it would be interesting to look at some of the present industry facts and figures.

Fact 1 – How Much Waste Do We Generate?

Even though we are in 2017, the latest waste statistics in the UK relate back to data from 2015.  The DEFRA report stated that households generated 26.7 million tonnes of waste in 2015, a fall of 1.1% on 2010.  This equates to 407 kg per person in 2015 compared with 421 kg per person in 2010.

There was also a fall in the generation of Industrial and Commercial Waste between 2010 and 2015.  In 2015, 13.9 million tonnes of Industrial Waste was produced compared with 12.6 million tonnes in 2010.  The fall in Commercial Waste was greater, with 15.1 million tonnes in 2015, down from 20 million tonnes in 2010.

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Fact 2 – Recycling Rates

The household waste recycling target agreed by the UK Government and the European union is 50% by 2020.  So how are the individual UK nations performing so far?

Fact 3 – Metal Packaging Recycling

The last figures from 2014 show that the total amount of metal packaging waste produced was 736,000 tonnes.  Of this, 428,000 tonnes (58.2%) was recovered and recycled, often using Magnetic Separation technology in the form of Overband Magnets and Eddy Current Separators.  In March 2017, the UK Government set a new target of 69% recycling rate for metal packaging by 2020.

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The facts and figures indicate that changes are needed in the waste and recycling strategy to meet the revised targets.  At RWM it will be interesting to see and meet the companies who are involved in the recycling process, either undertaking the processing of waste or developing equipment to improve recycling techniques.

For further information on Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators for recovering aluminum and steel beverage cans, please visit us on stand 5P80 at RWM 2017 or contact us on:

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Can UK Metal Packaging Recycling Increase by 10% by 2020?

Are Revised Beverage Can Recycling Targets Realistic?

Every year, consumers in the UK use approximately 14 billion steel and aluminium beverage cans.  Of these, approximately 59% are presently recycled.  In the March 2017 budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced new targets for 2020, with the metal packaging recycling rate rising to 69%.  We investigate whether this 10% rise is really achievable?

Present Beverage Can Recycling Figures

Bunting Vulcanis-1097Since the late 1980’s, there has been a huge change in the global attitude to waste and recycling highlighted by the fact that, in 1989, the UK’s beverage can recycling rate was just 2%.  Globally, the beverage can is regarded as being the most recyclable packaging for drinks.

By the end of 2017, the UK will be recycling 55% of all aluminium packaging and 76% of steel.  This is part of the 72.7% of all packaging used in the UK that will be recycled.

Using reported recycling rates for aluminium and steel beverage cans, it is estimated that 14.1 billion cans are produced each year, of which nearly 80% are aluminium.  Of the 14.1 billion, 5.8 billion end up in landfill.  It is believed that if all aluminium and steel cans were recycled in the UK, the number of green bins could be reduced by 17.5 million.

The reasons for need to recycle and reduce waste are mainly 3-fold:

  1. Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill;
  2. Reducing the amount of energy used to produce steel and aluminium (recycled aluminium uses 95% of the energy needed for virgin production and steel 75%);
  3. More efficiently using the planet’s dwindling resources;

How Can The New Targets Be Achieved?

Between 2014 and 2017, aluminium can recycling rates have increased by 9% (from 46% to 55%) and steel by 3% (from 73% to 76%).  As recycling rates reach higher levels, previous statistical trends show that the recycling rate growth slows.  The latest recycling targets (2020) are for a further 9% increase (to 64%) in aluminium and a 9% (to 85%) increase in steel.

Additionally, although these may be less relevant due to Brexit, in December 2015 the European Commission proposed targets of 65% of all packaging by 2025 and 75% by 2030.  Of this, the recycling targets for aluminium and steel were the same at 75% in 2025 and 85% in 2030.

These are significant increases in the recycling rates.  From trends over recent years, it is apparent that without significant changes in the way the UK recovers, handles, and recycles materials, the targets set by the UK government and those proposed by Europe will prove difficult to achieve.

Presently, there are several ways in which beverage cans are recovered including:

  1. Charity collection schemes, which commonly only collect aluminium due to the low prices for recovered steel cans.  These only account for a small percentage of all cans recycled;
  2. At designated can banks, where the only subsequent processing is separating steel from aluminium using a Magnetic Separator.  Again, this is a small percentage;
  3. From pre-sorted refuse, where households have segregated ‘recyclable’ waste into separate containers for processing in a Waste Sorting Plant.  This is a more automated system, with steel cans being commonly recovered off a conveyor by an Overband Magnet and aluminium cans either being manually picked or automatically separated using an Eddy Current Separator;Master Magnets Overband Magnet 2
  4. Automatically recovered from mixed waste, using Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators.  The source of the mixed waste includes:
    • Cans incorrectly put in the mixed recyclable rubbish for waste collection by households;
    • Waste collection from city centres;
    • Industrial waste collection;
    • Other waste sources

The challenge for the UK Government is identifying where improvements in can recovery can be made.  Further automation and less reliance on the general public may be required.

The Future

There has been a government focus on recycling and waste reduction since the mid-1990s.  In over 20 years, the aluminium recycling rate was only just exceeded 50%.  The latest recycling targets ask for another 10% growth in just 3 years.Bunting Vulcanis-1098.jpg

Also, given the present infrastructure of waste handling and recycling in the UK, achieving a recycling rate of 85% for any material will be difficult.  Steel Cans have always been a primary recyclable product, but what changes are needed to boost the present rate of 76% up by a further 9% in 3 years when it has only grown by 3% since 2014?

Setting recycling targets is simple, but achieving them without a solid structured plan will be challenging.

For further information on Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators for recovering aluminum and steel beverage cans, please visit us on stand 5P80 at RWM 2017 or contact us on:

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Positive Vibes For Recycling at Waste 17

High Interest in Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators at Waste 17

Despite the rain and the General Election, Waste 17 proved to be a great success on 8th June 2017.  The Waste 17 exhibition was held at Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’, their Old Trafford football ground, with both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

“We were really excited [about Waste 17] as this was the first time that Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets had exhibited together since the announcement of the acquisition in January [2017],” said Bunting Managing Director, Simon Ayling.

Bunting and Master Magnets were headline sponsors of the only Northern-located recycling and waste exhibition, organised by the team at Skip Hire Magazine.  The exhibition was well attended by both exhibitors and visitors.  In the external area, there was a wide range of large mobile recycling plant, waste collection skips, and vehicles.  Companies in the indoor exhibition were providing both services and equipment to the waste and recycling sector.  There was also a seminar area.Waste_17-0634

The Bunting/Master Magnets stand was located directly in front of the main entrance doors and on display was an operating Eddy Current Separator, Permanent Overband Magnet, and Metal Detector.  On the Eddy Current Separator, small non-ferrous metal was being separated from shredded plastic.

“This year we wanted to show visitors our equipment,” explained Simon.  “Having a working Eddy Current Separator on the stand is always impressive and we were able demonstrate the separation capabilities.  There was a really positive reaction from the visitors’ and we are sure that undertaking demonstrations was an important factor in the high number of enquiries.”

The team were also able to demonstrate the depth of field of the Permanent Overband Magnet, used to separate ferrous metals from conveyed non-magnetic material as found in MRFs and Sorting Stations.Waste_17-0813

“The joining of Bunting and Master Magnets has been tremendously successful.  Being together at Waste 17 gave us a chance to meet and talk with existing and new customers and show that our ability to provide a complete metal separation solution has been enhanced.  We are now looking forward to our next joint exhibition, RWM17.”

For further details on the Bunting range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to recover or remove metal to enable recycling, please contact our technical sales team on:

Bunting Metal Separators on Show at Arabplast 2017

Developing Export Business in the Middle East Plastics Sector

Bunting Magnetics Europe will be exhibiting at Arabplast 2017 in Dubai, UAE (8-10 January 2017) on stand 4D 145.  This is part of our continued export business development plan and is the first time we have exhibited in the Middle East.

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Arabplast 2017 is the premier show in the Middle East for the Plastics, Petrochemicals and Rubber industries.  The show is held every 2 years at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales, explained the reasons for exhibiting at Arabplast in 2017.

“In 2016, we have had great success in developing new overseas distribution channels and this has increased orders.  We identified the plastics sector in the Middle East as offering great opportunities.  The sector is rapidly developing and we believe that our products [metal separation equipment] are ideally suited to helping companies improve their production processes and product quality.  Arabplast offers us the ideal opportunity to introduce ourselves into the market.”

From the European manufacturing headquarters in the UK, Bunting supply a wide range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.  The Magnetic Separators are inserted into plastic processing lines to capture and remove magnetically susceptible metals like steel and work-hardened stainless steel.  Metal Detectors are used to identify and reject both ferrous and non-ferrous metal.  The two technologies are used in conjunction with each other at various stages within a plastics process.

We also supply Metal Separation equipment for plastics recycling.  In a typical plastics recycling process, the metal separation requirements are often more challenging.  The Eddy Current Separator is used to separate non-ferrous metals from shredded reclaimed plastic and is commonly incorporated into a Metal Separation Module with a high strength Drum Magnet as at Recapture Plastic in the UK.

Bunting Metal Separation System Recapture Plastics

Dave Hills is excited at the opportunity of developing business in new overseas markets.

“At the K Show in Germany [Oct 2016], we met and appointed a number of new distributors to expand our export sales network.  By exhibiting at Arabplast we are demonstrating our commitment to the market.  It also gives us the opportunity to understand the needs and expectations of the customers in the Middle East.  To successfully export, you need to visit your target markets.”

For further information on our attendance at Arabplast in 2017 or on Magnetic Separation and Metal Detection, please contact our Technical Sales Team on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081

Email: sales@buntingeurope.com

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Talking Plastics Recycling in Rotterdam

Customer Recapture Plastics Speaks at Plastics Recycling Conference

Leading industry publication. Recycling Today, organised a conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands discussing the challenges of plastics recycling.  Plastics Recycling Conference Europe (2-3 November 2016) features speakers from companies across the World, bringing together a wealth of plastic recycling knowledge.

Our Head of Sales, Dave Hills, was supporting one of our customers, Recapture Plastics.  Roger Evans of Recapture has many years of experience in plastics recycling and was giving a presentation on setting up a plant in the UK.

Recapture Plastics purchased a Metal Separation Module (Drum Magnet and Eddy Current Separator) and a Metal Separator to remove metal contamination from reclaimed plastic.  The equipment formed one part of an extensive recycling process.

Bunting Metal Separation System Recapture Plastics

Roger was speaking in a section of the conference looking at the economics of plastics recycling.  A great deal of the conference had focused on addressing the issue of packaging plastics (eg bags and film), but Roger explained how his recycling operation in Kent is based around recycling hard plastics.

Hard plastics contribute around 42% to the total amount of plastic waste.  Roger identified this as a niche market.  It took 2 years to develop and start the plant from the initial concept and, during this period, Recapture had to overcome a series of hurdles.

Setting up the plant and developing the process to produce a valuable product took time.  Having a close working relationship with the equipment suppliers was vital as the process was adjusted to deliver the best result.

There are also many financial challenges that Recapture had to overcome.  There were the initial setup costs, including the cost of the processing equipment.  Once the plant was operational, they had to pay up front for waste material to process.  Delivery of material could take 4 weeks and then payment for the sale was usually 30 days post delivery, stretching the cash flow.  Such financial challenges make it difficult for smaller businesses to open plastics recycling operations.

The Kent plant has now been operational for nearly 12 months and is producing high quality plastic flake.  Roger is already looking at replicating the plant at 2 locations in the UK.

As highlighted at the K Plastics Show, Plastics Recycling is not given the level of importance it needs.  Plastic waste continues to hit the headlines in a negative way and the establishment of plastics recycling plants like Recapture Plastics is essential.

For more information on Metal Separation equipment used at the Recapture Plastics recycling operation in Kent, or to discuss a specific project, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
Web: http://www.buntingeurope.com

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Is Plastics Recycling A Priority at K2016?

Recycling Technology on Show at K2016

The UK has set an objective of recycling 57% of plastic packaging by 2020.  To achieve this target, the Plastics Industry Recycing Action Plan (PIRAP) is being implemented by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Plastics Europe with the support of WRAP.

However, with only 29% of plastics packaging presently being recycled in the UK (2015), the target of 57% appears to be presently out-of-sight.

2016 has not been a comfortable year for UK plastics recycling companies, with a number of closures across the country such as Boomerang Plastics and Ecotech in Rainham (now being reopened by Veolia).

Although there is political pressure to achieve the 57% target, there are questions about the financial viability, especially in the short term.  Setting up a successful plastics recycling plant is not cheap and requires substantial investment in technology.

Additionally, the plant will also need substantial land for the storage of raw feed and processing material.  Plastic is light and voluminous even when baled and regulations on storing and stockpiling mean that large storage areas are required to ensure that there is enough material to process on a constant basis.  And land costs money.

Technology remains the key to unlocking the door to successful plastics recycling.  At K2016, there are 134 companies listed as supplying ‘recycling equipment’.   However, this is only 5% of the total number of companies listed as supplying ‘equipment’.  Is this an indicator of the real priority being given to plastics recycling?

We [Bunting] have supplied Metal Separation equipment to a number of plastics recycling operations in the UK including:

The future of plastics recycling remains unclear, apart from the large and looming figure of 57%.  Plastic industry exhibitions like K2016 have an enormous responsibility to showcase the technology that will enable the UK and other countries around the world achieve their plastics recycling targets.  Maybe more needs to be done to get more companies supplying recycling technology to the show.

Bunting provide a range of metal separation solutions for the recycling industry.  For further details on the Bunting range of Eddy Current Separators, Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors please contact our technical sales team on:

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5 Unusual Items Recovered Using Magnetic Separators

What Gets Recovered by a Magnet?

Having worked in the recycling industry for over 30 years, it never ceases to amaze me what is recovered from secondary materials and waste.  Here are 5 unusual items:

  1. Spanish peseta coins – Out of date and, more oddly, recovered from metal that had passed through a car shredding operation in the UK. One coin dated back to 1937!
  2. Wedding rings – A frightening number of wedding rings get recovered from material like incineration ash by Eddy Current Separators. But the real question is how did the wedding ring end up in the waste?  Was it lost or thrown away?
  3. Cast iron engines – By this we mean the whole engine.  To increase the weight, engine blocks are found inserted into the centre of bales of Aluminium Beverage Cans.  The significant weight difference is a give away, but if the bale does get through it can cause serious damage to the primary shredder;
  4. Mobile Phones – Not so unusual you may think, until it started ringing as it got lifted up off the conveyor by the Overband Cross Belt Magnetic Separator;old-mobile-phones-2
  5. A Trophy – But not just any old trophy, a large silver plated cup for a Sunday league football competition in the North East. Discarded by accident or in disgust?

All the items listed were recovered using either:

For ferrous magnetic metals:

For non-ferrous, non-magnetic metals:

For more information on the strange items separated by Magnetic Separators, please contact us on:

Phone: 01442 875081

Email: sales@buntingeurope.com

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