TOMRA Sorting Recycling, a Germany-based business unit of Norway-based TOMRA Systems ASA, has announced it will supply 40 AutoSort optical sorting units to three materials recovery facilities (MRFs) operated by SKM Recycling of Coolaroo, Victoria, Australia.
TOMRA indicates SKM is building three new plants to process more than 350,000 metric tons per year of single-stream curbside collected material. The primary focus of the SKM plants is to process paper, plastics, metals and glass, sorting them into high-quality products, according to TOMRA. The plants are expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018.
SKM’s Laverton plant “aims to become the most technically advanced and automated recyclables processing plant on the continent or even worldwide by integrating multiple steps of TOMRA Sorting technology into the sorting of paper and other recyclables,” according to TOMRA.
The sorting technology is being deployed with the intention of resulting in a greater percentage of recyclable product being extracted from the residential recycling stream; reducing materials unnecessarily ending up in landfill; and facilitating the development of new recyclable grades to meet the demands of a changing market and deliver greater environmental benefits, TOMRA indicates.
“We are convinced by TOMRA’s robust and dependable technology, but it’s their ability to support in creating the best plant concepts that made us choose to partner with TOMRA,” says Robert Italiano, business manager of SKM. “Our confidence in their technical knowledge and support is unwavering and is backed by TOMRA’s guarantee to perform. We are proud to be developing the most advanced materials recovery facilities in Australia.”
Tom Jansen, sales manager at TOMRA Sorting Recycling, says, “Winning such a big contract means SKM have placed a lot of trust in TOMRA and our newest technology. I’m looking forward to seeing the ultra-modern plants in operation.”
SKM Recycling, established in 1999, provides recycling services to local councils and businesses in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.
TOMRA Sorting Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry, with more than 4,900 systems installed in 50 countries worldwide.