Stadler builds integrated sorting line for Life4Film project
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Stadler builds integrated sorting line for Life4Film project

The line has been implemented at the Granada plant operated by FCC Medio Ambiente.

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Stadler, a recycling equipment manufacturer based in Germany, has announced the design and construction of an integrated sorting line for the Life4Film project. The goal of Life4Film is to prevent the disposal of plastic film in landfill sites by recovering this material.

According to a news release by Stadler, the project is being overseen by waste and recycling services provider FCC Medio Ambiente of Madrid.

“We are very satisfied with Stadler’s participation in this project for their professionalism and close collaboration,” says Sunil Arjandas, the waste treatment engineer and project manager for FCC Medio Ambiente. “Their technicians are highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable."

The Life4Film process, a project funded by the European Union’s Life program, consists of four stages: separation, washing, extrusion and production of the final product. The plant has an intake capacity of 10,000 tons per year of plastic bales from municipal solid waste (MSW) and an output of about 4,000 tons annually of recycled polyethylene (PE) pellets. Of these, 700 tons per year will be dedicated to the production of recycled plastic refuse bags, which will be used by FCC Medio Ambiente and various municipalities for gardening and street cleaning work, according to Stadler.

Stadler is part of the first stage of the process. The sorting line built by Stadler sorts low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film from MSW.

According to Stadler, the Life4Film project was developed to reach multiple goals, including:

  • achieving environmental improvements; 
  • reducing plastic waste in landfills by 11,000 tons per year; 
  • increasing the recycling rates of plastic film in municipal waste; 
  • recycling urban plastic waste; and
  • reducing the plastic industry’s carbon footprint and its CO2 emissions by 65 percent.

The company says these goals would lead to an 80 percent reduction in the LDPE content of the municipal waste stream.