Sensor-aided technologies for elimination of foreign materials from biowaste and green waste

UniSort Black technology to capture all plastics (especially darker-coloured plastics) and material from biowaste and decomposed products.

According to the RAL quality assurance method for green waste (RAL-G2-251), the maximum permissible area sum of foreign substances removed is currently still 25 cm²/l of fresh substance for fresh and finished composts. This value is scheduled to fall to 15 cm² shortly. In addition, the German Fertiliser Ordinance is also reducing the permissible proportion of foreign substances. If an operator does not abide by the quality criteria and standards for green waste because the biowaste supplied to that operator is too full of impurities, and the operator is therefore unable to achieve the required purity, the entire materials cycle is at risk. Increasing amounts of foreign substances (falsely sorted) are finding their way into green waste and the fermentation plant through the biowaste collected, and are passing into the downstream processes. Ultimately the foreign substances are remaining in the products from the plant after processing, which results in in poor quality of the finished compost and structural material. Disposal of the materials, particularly the disposal of structural materials through thermal utilisation, results in significant costs.

The disposal and the disposal costs of residues from biological recovery facilities (composting systems) play a major role in economic terms. The quality of the products of such systems is also increasingly the focus of ever-greater demands. Sensor-based sorting systems such as the STEINERT UniSort Black are therefore of decisive importance for the processing and recovery of such waste, now and in the future.

With their sophisticated designs, our machines detect both light and dark contaminants as a collection group and separate them off accurately. In practice, grain sizes 10 - 30 mm and 30 - 70 mm have proven themselves, in which significant proportions of foreign matter such as plastics, stone, glass and metal are present.

As a side-effect, fractions such as wood chips and bark mulch can be post-cleaned on an intermittent basis, and contaminants removed from them.

In addition to our sensor-aided systems, which normally separate visible and black/dark-coloured plastics (e.g. PE, PP, PS), we also offer you our STEINERT XSS® T EVO 5.0 x-ray sorting system. This puts you in a position to detect, in particular, minerals, ceramics, glass and residual metals and to sort these out from the product. Here we make use of the difference in material density in order to sort contaminants with higher density from the lighter, and therefore less dense, organic material.

Your benefits:

  • All core combinations of magnet and sensor-aided sorting systems from a single source
  • Sorting widths from 0.5 m to 2.8 m available
  • Recovery of Fe and non-Fe metals using sophisticated magnet and eddy-current technology
  • Sensor-based UniSort technology (HSI) for precise elimination of foreign substances
  • Special solutions for detecting dark plastics and materials

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Application areas

Processing of biowaste up to 350 mm

Preparation of green waste sieve overflow 10 - 70 mm

Preparation of green waste sieve overflow 70 - 250 mm


UniSort Black

For sorting using NIR technology - detects black and dark objects

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Effective capture of ferrous parts from large layer thicknesses

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For the separation of non-ferrous metals

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