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China’s plastic waste ban is an opportunity for a prosperous business

Posted on October 26, 2018 By Anniina Rasmus

The yards of waste management companies in Europe, America and all over the world have been filling up with waste this year. The waste import ban in China has created an acute need for new ways to treat plastic waste. Shredding plastic is a great first step in making money from plastic scrap.

Shredding plastic for recycling


In January 2018, China banned the import of unrecycled waste to cut down on the enormous environmental impact. To further encourage recycling of plastics, the EU has tightened its recycling target figures. These steps towards sustainability give rise to new business opportunities in the recycling business.

Shredding before separation is the first step of recycling plastics

To fully utilize recycled plastics, whether as fuel or reusable material, the key is to produce pure and homogenous material. The development of chemical treatment of recycled plastics is still a work in progress. Currently, the most economical and efficient way to purify the waste stream and recycle plastics is by mechanical treatment, most typically shredding.

3 ways to turn plastics into profit by shredding

1. Sell shredded plastics for fuel

Plastic has a much higher heat value than MSW. That is why it is worth the effort to shred and separate plastics before incineration. Purer fuel means higher and more consistent calorific value, making plastic-derived fuel a perfect source of energy for cement kilns, for example.

2. Sell shredded plastics to granulate manufacturers

Recycled plastics can be returned into the value chain as reusable materials. When producing recycled plastic material, the recovered plastics is granulated, and this granulate is then used as raw material in composite materials and industrial manufacturing.

3. Shred plastics to guarantee a higher value and demand on the recycling market

Investment in shredding and screening technologies enables companies to purify their waste streams and produce more homogenous and high-quality plastics. Pure materials are much more commonly accepted for further use by other operators. For example, the waste import ban in China does not apply to highly refined wastes.

Get higher profits with a slow-speed industrial waste shredder

A slow-speed shredder is especially suitable for plastics. A high-speed shredder creates a lot of fine particles that cannot be recycled. This lowers the yield received from processed plastics. A slow-speed shredder creates significantly fewer fine particles. Thus, the yield from the recycled material is higher, guaranteeing better profits.

TANA Shark is a slow-speed shredder and a very versatile machine for shredding and separating plastics. The machine shreds the material into a homogenous particle size in a single pass. TANA screens then separate organic materials from the plastics. You can produce cleaner plastics fraction more cost-efficiently than with any other equipment.


Read more about how shredding hard plastics brings new business to our customer in Belgium.


Watch a video! TANA Shark shreds mixed waste including plastics into a homogenous particle size in a single pass.



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