Austria-based Untha shipped its first waste shredder to a Geocycle plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Geocycle, headquartered in Switzerland, serves as a worldwide waste management firm. According to a news release from Untha, Geocycle will be processing various waste materials with the XR3000C mobil-e shredder for clients throughout Ecuador.
Able to handle plastic, paper and wood from industrial waste producers, with biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW) projects also on the horizon, the goal of Geocycle’s new shredding line is to maximize recycling and energy recovery rates, Untha reports in a news release. This is part of the brand’s global co-processing initiative to utilize existing cement facilities to resolve local waste challenges sustainably.
With the upstream infrastructure still under development, exact capacity capabilities are yet to be confirmed, Untha reports in a news release. However, the company notes that trials have indicated that the high-throughput XR3000C can achieve the volumes required by the manufacturer.
“Globally, our business is striving to create a zero-waste future, and we see pre- and co-processing facilities as a crucial part in this strategy,” says Dorin Pepenel, Geocycle’s Ecuador director. “With Untha’s help, we’re helping Ecuadorian businesses transform waste into ‘ready for co-processing’ materials. We’ve invested in flexible, high-capacity, single-step shredding equipment, supported with world-class engineering support, so we are extremely excited about this plant becoming fully operational.”
He adds, “A renewable mindset is fast emerging in this country, so we hope this waste processing facility will prove the catalyst to further progress.”
According to a news release from Untha, the manufacturer supplied shredding plants to other Geocycle plants in Bulgaria, Vietnam, Spain, Mexico and Argentina to name a few. More than 9,000 Untha shredders are now in operation worldwide.