WEEE Waste Equipment
WEEE treatment facilities will use a mix of manual and automated processes to split up waste into its more useful components. That means they generally have to employ trained sorters and dismantlers as well as having some heavy duty machinery in place to manage and process the waste quickly. This can include industrial cutters and granulators that can be connected together to gradually reduce the size of the WEEE so that it can be more easily dealt with.
WEEE Pallets and Storage Containers
Large scale WEEE pallets are basically large boxes that sorted WEEE can be put in. The designs vary but are usually industrial sized products that can hold a good deal of waste. Offices can buy their own storage containers so that they can collect WEEE over a longer period of time but keep it safe before it is collected.
Screen Display Cage
This is simply a storage container that has a grill rather than a solid plastic wall so that there is good ventilation. For health and safety reasons this is important for the storage of items such as screens. Broken screens can release hazardous contaminants into the air. You will normally find employees working around this kind of waste wearing masks for health and safety reasons.
Batteries of all sizes can degrade and leak causing a potential hazard so the need to put them in a safe container is paramount. There are small containers for the batteries we use in things like phones or toys and gadgets as well as larger ones that can be used for items such as car batteries. These are normally made of strengthened plastic to protect the surrounding area from contamination.
In waste facilities that deal with WEEE, you will almost certainly find something like a shredder. These are powerful machines that can handle large amounts of waste and can cut up computers and televisions quickly and efficiently.
Raspers and Granulators
Raspers use what are called ‘flying’ and ‘static’ knives that can be used for cutting up WEEE more as well as products such as cables. Once the waste has been cut down to a manageable size the pieces are reduced even more using a granulator.
These use a variety of methods such as magnets and other processes to separate out items including metal and plastic that can then be recycled. The different products can then be placed in containers ready for recycling.
A WEEE facility will generally have a series of shredders, raspers and granulators that then feed into the separator. Much depends on what the waste is that is being handled and facilities can include options such as a water separator for metals or a super chopper for larger waste.
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