SRS upgrades Netherlands facility

Sims Recycling Solutions adds new sorting technologies at its Eindhoven, Netherlands, e-scrap facility.

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June 13, 2018
Edited by Brian Taylor
Electronics Europe

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a global provider of electronics recycling and information technology asset disposition (ITAD) services, says it has expanded its processing lines at its Eindhoven, Netherlands, facility. The site, which SRS calls the largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling operation in that region, now features additional metals and plastics separation technologies.

“The expansion of the capabilities at the SRS Eindhoven site started in the beginning of 2017 with the development of space for the newly-to-be-realized building,” says Jan Visser, managing director of SRS, Eindhoven. “This new building makes it easier to fulfill local environmental regulations, as we are now able to decrease the noise and dust considerably from the storage and processing of [e-scrap], which is now done under-roof.”

The new equipment involves two new sorter lines which use metal sensors, color recognition and photo-technology to separate plastic, circuit boards and metals.

“Constant improvement in processing technologies is a high priority for SRS, as this enables us to securely deliver recycled and separated materials all over the world,” says Marc Affüpper, director of SRS, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). “By innovating our processing lines, we are able to manage even the newest and [most] complicated electronic gadgets.”

The new plastics sorting lines have been designed to deliver a clean plastic fraction that can be delivered directly to a plastics recycler or compounder industry anywhere in the world.

The new plastic sorting line can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) be more sustainable by supplying (circular-produced) recycled raw materials for their new products. As requested by SRS OEM partners, there is an option to process a dedicated batch of products in one batch process. This makes it possible to isolate the plastics from that batch into recycled plastics that can be returned to the OEM, “creating a perfect triangle of circular material deliveries,” according to SRS.