Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG has announced that it has received an order from EMP Recycling UAB to modernize its recycling plant for refrigeration appliances in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Founded in 1999, EMP Recycling is a Lithuanian company specialized in the purchasing, collection, and recycling of waste and the production of secondary raw materials. The company is WEEELABEX certified for the collection and logistics and is currently in the certification process for waste treatment. It is the only facility in the Baltics that can recycle refrigerators.
The scope of supply, the value of which has not been disclosed, comprises the feeding of the cooling devices to the shredder including the safety technology, the atmosphere drying equipment inside the machine as well as the conveyor technology for the discharge and provision of the processed material for the subsequent process steps.
A well-proven existing Andritz Universal Cross-Flow Shredder QZ2000 that has been in operation since 2012 will remain in the system. In addition, Andritz will supply the heating screw conveyors for the transport of the material as well as the screening machine with which the ground insulation of the cooling appliances is sieved out of the material flow.
In the new matrix degassing system, residual components of solvents are evaporated and fed to a recovery system. The fully encapsulated, single-stage refrigerator recycling system is capable to recover environmentally harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) from appliances with ChloroFluoroCarbon (CFC) compounds and pentane.
The plant is designed in a way that it can also process other electronic waste in addition to refrigerators. With the new equipment, scheduled for start-up end of 2020, EMP will increase its capacity to process up to 60 refrigerators or optionally five tonnes of e-waste per hour.