Mataró, 2019

The French company Veolia wanted to continue its commitment to excellence in the operation of the Maresme Integrated Waste Recovery Centre. 1.8 million to launch a new project to select, classify and recover the glass that was still present in the organic matter at the end of the organic matter treatment process. Until this moment, this glass fraction was lost and no profit was made from it.

In this way, the Consortium for the Treatment of Urban Solid Waste of El Maresme was also taking a step forward in providing an integrated solution for the management of urban solid waste (USW) in the region of El Maresme (Barcelona). 

This new expansion has been in operation since the end of September 2019 and allows 4,500 tons of glass to be recycled per year, which is equivalent to an annual energy saving of 3,200 MWh and avoids the emission of 2,600 tons of CO2.

The new sorting and recovery line collects the glass from the bio-stabilization refining process and the extraction of heavy metals from the biomethanization pulpits (10t/h). With this new implementation, an increase in the annual recovery rate of 2.3% over the tons entering the plant is expected. The plant is made up of various screening equipments, a densimetric table, conveyor belts, suction of fines and light material and optical separation of glass, reaching recoveries of more than 75% and purities of more than 95%.