23rd June 2014
New sorting system doubles G & P’s sorting capacity
UK waste battery collection and recycling company G & P Batteries has doubled its capacity to handle non-lead acid batteries thanks to an improved automated sorting system.
West Midlands based G & P was the first company in Europe to install the system in 2012. Since then, the company has worked closely with its developers, Refind Technologies, to make further improvements. The result is a completely new model, which takes up a much smaller footprint yet is capable of sorting twice as many batteries as the original.
G & P now has the capacity to sort around three million cells per week using the system, which is designed to recognise and separate the most common battery brands and chemistries and so speed up the sorting process. This will enable G & P to continue to manage the increase in volumes of portable waste batteries collected to enable the UK to meet its battery recycling obligations under the UK and EU targets. In 2014 the UK target is to collect 35% of batteries placed on the market for recycling, an increase of 5% on last year.
“The vast majority of the volumes handled come from the most common brands and the original system streamlined our sorting process and significantly increased the volumes we could handle,” said G & P’s Managing Director Michael Green. “As the first company to install this ground-breaking technology we have been in an ideal position to work closely with Refind Technologies to improve and refine the system and this new version has doubled our capacity.
“Whilst we will always require the expertise of manual sorters, for their experience in accurately identifying the lesser known battery brands and chemistries, the systems developed by Refind Technologies continue to make a positive impact on our business efficiency,” he added.
Refind Technologies, based in Gottenburg, provides identification and sorting solutions to the recycling and reverse logistics industry. Refind's systems allow individual products such as batteries, cell phones or other electronics to be recognised and sorted in preparation for recycling. Information derived from the sorted products provides opportunity for valuable market intelligence, such as collection statistics, pricing or compliance reporting.
Hans Eric Mellin, CEO of Refind Technologies, praised G & P’s visionary approach to battery sorting. "Their drive and eagerness to improve and innovate has enabled us to design the new system which now has double the capacity of the first one and even better sorting quality,” he said. “With collection volumes rising across Europe it is thanks to G&P that we now have efficient solutions to take care of the waste batteries, providing a major environmental benefit as well as helping to meet recycling targets.”