Renewi opens Recydel site in Belgium
Coolrec, a Renewi subsidiary, has reopened its Recydel WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) site in Liege, Belgium where it is reported to reprocess over 25,000 tonnes of metals and 13,000 tonnes of plastics per year.
The Recydel site recycles WEEE using three processes.
"The appliances first pass through a depollution line, where all the harmful materials are removed, such as coolants from refrigerators and batteries from electronics. Once the cabling has been removed, the electronic devices enter the brown line and the fridges are processed on a separate fridge line" explains Arjen Wittekoek, director of Coolrec.
"An intensive shredding and separation process results in very clean raw material streams. We process the plastics into new raw materials, while we sell the steel and aluminium back to industry and all of the precious metals to another processor for further separation. Coolrec isn't just a WEEE processor, but also an important supplier of secondary raw materials to contribute to the Circular Economy."
Wittekoek added: "In collaboration with CRM (Centre De Recherches Metallurgiques), we are working to further improve the quality of the secondary raw materials."
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