TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced AUTOSORT COLOR, a new machine which works in combination with AUTOSORT LASER to separate glass from municipal solid waste (MSW) with unprecedented effectiveness. Even though it is common to collect glass waste separately, a significant amount of recoverable glass remains mixed-in with MSW from households and businesses. AUTOSORT COLOR achieves purity rates greater than 95% at high throughput rates, even when input materials are wet, dusty or dirty.
AUTOSORT COLOR enables sorting operations to extract and sell glass that would otherwise fail to make it through to the recycling process. AUTOSORT COLOR also helps sorting businesses minimize the risks of disruption, downtime and repair costs arising from damage to components in sorting machines not intended for glass.
AUTOSORT COLOR enables financial savings downstream of the sorting process, because household waste containing glass can result in higher incineration costs. Extracting more glass from MSW also helps to reduce landfill costs. Click here to see the AUTOSORT Color Animation.
"We started with AUTOSORT LASER for glass cleaning from the single stream plants. Now, many municipalities and recovery facilities can significantly improve the recovery of glass from household and business waste," says Carlos Manchado Atienza, TOMRA Sorting Recycling Regional Director Americas. "Separating more glass from the waste stream is better for the environment and better for sorting businesses' profitability, and with AUTOSORT COLOR both of those benefits are now achievable."