The benefits of WEEE recycling, the technological waste of the future

WEEE, or waste electrical and electronic equipment, is a particular and relatively new type of waste, often considered difficult to treat. Indeed, materials classified as WEEE are not biodegradable and may contain substances harmful to the environment.

The treatment of WEEE, however, has the advantage of allowing the recovery of a large number of precious metals and components, including:

  • Iron (30%)
  • Non-ferrous materials (15%)
  • Plastics (30%)
  • Electronic boards (5%)
  • Small motors (variable qty.)
  • Electric cables (1%)
  • Lead batteries (variable qty)
  • Stylus batteries (variable qty)
  • Capacitors (variable qty)
  • Mixed rejection (2%)

The systems designed by Forrec for the management of WEEE are at "zero" environmental impact and are developed to ensure the control of air flows, dusts from grinding and the complete recovery of hazardous parts (such as condensers and batteries). In addition, the plants are designed to achieve a reduction in process costs, also thanks to their custom core, which is always made according to the specific needs of the customer.

The continuous research allows Forrec to always improve the efficiency and reliability of its systems, with accessories that allow the automation of the processes and the elimination of inefficiencies due to manual management.

An example of excellence: Forrec systems for the treatment of 120 refrigerators per hour

Refrigerators are a very common example of WEEE waste.

Forrec's recycling plants for refrigerators and electronic waste are able to process up to 120 refrigerators per hour and have unique features that allow them to offer exceptional performance on a single line.

The absolute novelty, however, is the number of refrigerators treated per hour: a capacity that is unprecedented.

Compared to more traditional systems, Forrec solutions have expanded the automated pre-treatment operations according to the WEEE LABEX standard, which requires that incoming refrigerators are catalogued, weighed and classified according to size, type and load. This whole series of classifications has been automated. For the cataloguing, an automatic refrigerator weighing system and a laser system that detects the dimensions and determines the insulation thickness have been studied. There are, of course, checks that the operator must make, but they are minimal.

For more information, read the article "Treatment of refrigerators: the new plant in Bordeaux" in which we present just one of these innovative systems, or contact us to tell us about your project.