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Stadler, Orizon Valorização de Resíduos sign agreement for the construction of the largest mechanical sorting plant in Brazil

The significant agreement aims to ensure the processing of 500,000 tonnes of solid waste per year, in a country where the potential for recycling is growing, says Stadler.

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July 5 2021
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3D drawing of sorting plant

Stadler announced it has signed an agreement with Orizon Valorização de Resíduos for the construction of the largest mechanical sorting plant in Brazil. The deal represents a technological breakthrough in the operations of the Jaboatão dos Guararapes Ecopark in Pernambuco, northeast Brazil, which will allow a greater reuse of recyclable waste, said Stadler.  

"The agreement also sets an example of the management and use of technology for the sector," noted Alexandre Citvaras, director of Business Development at Orizon Valorização de Resíduos.

This will be the largest mechanical sorting plant ever built in the Brazilian market, said Stadler, adding that it has designed and implemented the entire project with two overarching objectives: to modernise and strengthen Orizon's plant for the sorting process and select the recoverable products with highest value to serve increasingly demanding domestic and international markets.

“Our biggest challenge has been to design a sorting process with proven technology that increases the efficiency of the waste treatment at the Jaboatão dos Guararapes Ecopark. With this machinery, we will achieve a sorting efficiency ranging from 75 percent to 85 percent of the economically viable recyclable material. It is a breakthrough in our operations, which have gained in productivity and will play a key environmental role by returning materials to the production chain, helping to move us towards a true circular economy,” said Alexandre Citvaras.

"We believe that Stadler manufactures machinery with the quality and robustness required to process the type of solid waste that the ecopark receives, and which, at the same time, keeps the quality control with manual sorting. At the new sorting plant, 150 people will be employed, who will carry out this work in the project, which will start its operation in 2022," the Orizon manager stated.

Henrique Filgueiras, Stadler's sales representative in Brazil, said the agreement was “extremely important”. “It strengthens further our relationship with a customer that we have known and worked with for more than 7 years – a company that has a lot of potential here in Brazil. In addition, it is a plant with a high capacity for processing MSW – the highest in Latin America – and a project on this scale strengthens our reputation as specialists in this type of plant in Brazil. The agreement gives us the opportunity to do a good job in another project and gain even more experience in Brazil.”

This plant has been designed to process a large volume of material with initial separation of the coarse and heavy fraction through mechanical sorting and final separation of the fines by hand. In addition, the plant layout already envisages the possibility of extending the line to increase its capacity, as well as increasing the automation of its processes.

Orizon Valorização de Resíduos operates 5 ecoparks in Brazil, and its waste management and processing facilities receive approximately 4.6 million tonnes of waste per year, serving approximately 20 million people and more than 500 business customers. Because of the efficiency and prominence of the new plant, the project will be replicated in the future in the rest of the company's facilities throughout the country, as per the statement.



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