The collection of composite waste has been split in two separate operations. One represents production waste, the other concerns end of life objects. This division is necessary to be able to provide high grade as well as low grade end-products at the end of the process. You can imagine that production waste is clean and new, while end of life objects are subdued to pollution over the course of the years. Most often there is a coat of paint or others forms of coating present, devaluating the grade of the end product. Examples of these objects are wind turbine blades, leisure boats and silo’s. They are dismantled in a responsible way, making sure that the other materials receive a sustainable destination as well. Think about concrete foundations or metal frames, and sandwich panels incorporating balsa wood or foam. Steel or wooden boatwrecks are very welcome as well, these will be treated along the same dismantling process as polyester ships.
The remaining composite will be shredded and grinded to powder, which is needed to further recycling. Production waste usually doesn’t need dismantling, it directly follows the route to the shredder.
Companies and authorities that provide us with composite waste, will receive a green label. This label is in support of sustainability goals, but of course it is an opportunity to use it as a marketing tool as well in regard to customers and relations of these parties.
The methods used to reach a sustainable and green destination for the composite are developed by our scientific partners, a renowned Scandinavian research institute that is well connected to several universities. Recycling will mainly take place in Scandinavia for the time to come, opportunities to expand elsewhere in Europe are in place and are currently instigated.
Once the composite powder has reached Scandinavia, there are multiple applications to choose from. Our partners and Extreme Eco Solutions are flexible in the choise of applications, it depends on the demand for the different end products as well as by volumes.
Read more on this topic at “applications”.