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Building something new often means that the old is being dismantled, especially in the construction business. Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is an endless source of raw materials for various purposes if it is recycled and sorted efficiently.
Reducing the size of the waste accelerates sorting and screening.
Reducing bulky materials cuts down transportation costs.
Waste shredders for reducing softer materials and crushers for downsizing hard materials.
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Improving construction and demolition waste processing
Roads, buildings and bridges do not last forever, and they are under constant repair. Thanks to continuous housing and infrastructure development and renovations, massive amounts of construction and demolition waste (C&D) is generated around the world.
Construction and demolition waste comprises multiple economically valuable materials, such as concrete, bricks, wood and metals, which can be used in manufacturing new products, construction materials or in energy production.
Many of the challenges in processing C&D waste are caused by the variable properties of the materials. By nature, the waste is bulky and often heavy, which increases transportation costs. Also, the hardness of the waste imposes requirements on the processing equipment.
Reducing the grain size of the construction and demolition waste makes it faster and easier to handle. Size reduction also enables different materials to be screened and separated from each other earlier in the recycling process, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity.
Metso's mobile and stationary pre-shredders are efficient machines for C&D waste processing especially when the waste consists mostly of softer materials like wood, insulation materials, plastics, and general mixed waste. However, shredders can also process harder materials.
When most of the recyclable material is medium-hard or hard, such as asphalt, bricks, tiles, concrete, or old aggregate, then the optimal solution for size reduction can be a mobile crusher.
Metso's mobile crushers are track-mounted crushing machines, often utilized by demolition and construction companies to reduce the size of harder waste materials.
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