EIO - Châtelet light shredder residue plant

EIO - Châtelet light shredder residue plant

Comet Traitements is a company active in the treatment, processing and recycling of solid waste arising from shredding and other industrial operations.

Comet Traitements is a company active in the treatment, processing and recycling of solid waste arising from shredding and other industrial operations. It won the 2011 Zénobe award, Technological Innovation Award in Wallonia with its process for reclaiming tailings from shredding metal waste. Comet Traitements owns and operates the first light shredder residue plant. The huge amount of residual materials, called shredder residue (SR), that result from the shredding of metal waste (end-of life vehicles, waste from electrical and electronic equipment, etc.) are incorporated into "renewable secondary materials. Apart from recovering non-ferrous metals, the plant allows for the preparation of flows of homogenous materials, a process covered by several Wallonia-sponsored R&D programmes.

Light shredder residues (LSR – with a particle size less than 10 mm) account for 50% of SR buried in a landfill site. Investigations started in 2002 showed they comprised four categories of materials (organic materials, minerals, non-ferrous metals and iron oxide). Comet Traitements’ process separates into four modules and has been validated with the cooperation of the University of Liege. This process required adapting technologies from a variety of sectors, such as mineral processing, agri-foodstuffs, hydrometallurgy and biotechnologies. A fifth module, on appraisal, deals with the selective recovery of strategic metals, such as rare earth elements.

Comet Traitements has already industrialised the first three process modules thanks to an investment of over €2 million, which has led to the creation of nine jobs and enabled the company to achieve a reclamation performance equal to 90%, compared with the European average of between 82% and 83%. These achievements mean Wallonia has become a region leading the way in this promising sector.

Their exploitation is a major economic and environmental challenge for society, as they allow economic activities and jobs to be created without the need to extract any natural raw materials. The organic materials extracted on the basis of this process are also reflected in the Walloon Marshall plan's Phoenix project, with a view to converting fuels suitable for generating electricity and heat as a result of direct combustion in cogeneration engines.

Social Performance
Comet Traitements has already industrialised the first three process modules thanks to an investment of over €2 million, which has led to the creation of nine jobs and enabled the company to achieve a reclamation performance equal to 90%, compared with the European average of between 82% and 83%.

Environmental Impact
Reduces extraction of natural raw materials.

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