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The new PreZero LVP sorting system was put into operation by (from left): Stephan Garvs, Management Spokesman for PreZero Germany, Christian Kampmann, Head of PreZero Recycling Germany, Patrick Laevers, CEO Fost Plus, Mik Van Gaever, COO Fost Plus, and Claudy Lejeune, Managing Director PreZero Recycling Belgium. (Photo credit: PreZero)

New sorting plant

PreZero right on schedule in Belgium - Punctual opening of the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem

Neckarsulm, Germany

Following a construction period of just over one year and right on schedule, PreZero Recycling Belgium has begun operations at its sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium. Every year, the fully automated plant will separate around 80,000 tons of material collected in the capital, Brussels, and in the Flanders region. The separation procedures combine the latest available technology and ensure that the facility will continue to meet the stringent sorting quotas demanded by the Belgium government. PreZero has invested a total of 46 million euros in the site, creating around 100 crisis-proof jobs.

The core elements of the facility – in addition to mechanical sorting components such as wind sifters, overbelt magnets or ballistic separators – are a total of 26 NIR devices that sort the lightweight packaging into 14 fractions, including the plastics polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and PET. During subsequent sorting of the material, special robots also ensure that drinks cartons, PET trays and HDPE packagings are separated.

Stephan Garvs, Managing Director PreZero Germany, is delighted with the punctual opening of the facility in Belgium: “The start of operations at the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem also strengthens our network of high-performance plants on a European level. Against the background of the EU Commission Action Plan with minimum quotas for the use of recycled materials, it means we are ideally positioned to face the future challenges of a sustainable circular economy.”

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