Bulky waste processing
Processing bulky waste of variable sizes and weights
Bulky waste might be too large to be recycled conventionally, but it is far too valuable to be left unutilized. Objects that are awkwardly sized and heavy – for example furniture, televisions, kitchen appliances, washing machines or bathroom fittings, are traditionally classified as bulky waste.
Due to its features, bulky waste is usually difficult to handle, but large devices and appliances also contain large amounts of useful materials for recovery and for sale.
Many difficulties when processing bulky waste come down to size. Large objects cause headaches in transportation, and moving them around is expensive. Bulky waste, however, can be processed in the same way as other waste types if it is first reduced to the correct grain size.
Pre-shredding bulky waste enables loading the material compactly, which cuts transportation costs. With a smaller gain size, the waste is more efficient to process: screening and sorting can be done more accurately, and different materials are faster in their own stacks.