Sims Recycling Solutions has opened a new 287,000 square-foot e-waste recycling plant in Mississauga, Ontario.
The new facility, which will process up to 100,000 tonnes of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) per year, consists of several advanced separation technologies including a plastics separator, an x-ray sensor and a glass cleaner.
About half of these technologies, such as the glass cleaner, were developed by Sims Recycling, says Cindy Coutts, President of Sims Recycling Solutions Canada. The remaining technologies were supplied by other manufacturers.
General Manager Sebastien Rosner says the plant primarily processes e-waste into recycled glass. This consists of several steps.
First, e-waste is sent through a shredder. Next, the waste travels through a large magnet that removes ferrous (magnetic) materials, such as steel. Rosner says that the waste then goes through a plastics separator, followed by a metal sensor and an x-ray sensor. The metal sensor pulls out non-ferrous (non-magnetic) materials, such as aluminum and copper. The x-ray sensor separates leaded materials from unleaded materials.
“At this point, all that remains in the process is glass,” he says.
The final two steps in the recycling process are the glass cleaner and the optical sorter, which separates transparent glass from non-transparent glass. Once processed, the recycled glass is sold to recycling vendors who are approved through company audits by Sims Recycling.
In addition to glass, the facility recovers iron, aluminum, copper, and plastics from e-waste (cathode ray tube computer monitors and televisions).
To view our video of the e-waste facility, visit www.solidwastemag.com/videos/play/?plid=1000402230
Written by our Web Editor Eric Laganis.