Collection: Waste WEEE is collected from designated WEEE drop off points and taken away for processing.
Sorting: Hand sorting takes place to extract materials such as batteries and copper for quality control purposes before materials are shredded to reduce their size to approximately 100mm. This prepares material for the secondary process and ensures equipment with sensitive data, stored on hard drives for example, is destroyed.
Shaking: Shredded material is dropped onto a shaking hopper to space it out so that it moves evenly onto the conveyor belt, before further secondary size reduction takes place and the materials are ready for sorting.
Dust extraction and metal removal: Dust is extracted and taken away for environmental disposal. Iron and steel are then removed using electro-magnets and are collected and stored in large containers, ready for sale.
Further metal separation: Aluminium, copper and brass metals are separated from low/non-metallic materials using eddy currents, where rapidly alternating magnetic fields make non-ferrous materials leap away from the conveyor belt, whilst other material drops straight down off the conveyor belt.
- Water separation: Plastics are separated from glass and printed circuit boards and copper wire using an inclined table, water and oscillating movements.
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