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2nd April 2012

Another first for G & P with automated waste battery sorting system


G & P Batteries, the UK’s leading waste battery collection and recycling company, is set to revolutionise its sorting process by investing in the UK’s first automated sorting system. The new equipment was developed by Swedish company, Optisort, and is capable of sorting at a rate of more than five batteries a second.  Installation will take place later this year and once commissioned, it will more than double the sorting capacity of portable waste batteries handled at G & P’s site in Darlaston, West Midlands.

Whilst G & P will always require the expertise of manual sorters, whose experience enables them to recognise accurately the lesser known battery brands and chemistries, the vast majority of the volumes handled come from the most common brands. The Optisort system is designed to recognise these batteries and so speed up the sorting process.  This will enable G & P to handle with ease the uplift in volumes necessary for the UK to meet its battery recycling obligations under the UK and EU targets.

2012 is a crucial year for the UK, which is tasked with meeting its first significant battery recycling target under the European Directive.  By the end of the year, the country will need to have collected 25% of the volume of batteries placed on the market. Last year’s target was 18%, and results just issued by the Environment Agency show that this has been achieved. “This is an exciting investment for us as for some time we’ve been searching for the technology that can streamline the waste battery sorting process,” said G & P’s Managing Director, Michael Green.  “We were impressed by the speed and accuracy of the Optisort battery sorter and applaud the company for developing technology that will benefit the battery recycling industry as a whole.”

Optisort’s Chief Executive Officer Hans Eric Melin, said:  “We are very pleased to be doing business with G & P Batteries, a company that has an international reputation for its accurate and compliant sorting and recycling processes. We hope that other companies in Europe will soon follow their lead.”

This is the latest innovation for G & P Batteries, which was the first company in the UK to install a pre-treatment line for recycling alkaline batteries in anticipation of the legal changes facing the treatment of waste batteries.  The company expects to install the Optisort system this summer.