Europe’s first automated battery sorting system


Waste battery collection and recycling company, G&P Batteries, has installed Europe’s ‘first automated optical waste battery sorting system’ at its site in Darlaston, West Midlands.

Manufactured by Swedish recycling system development company Optisort, the system is able to ‘accurately’ identify the most common battery brands and chemistries.

According to the company, the system can sort up to five batteries per second and is set to more than double G&P’s battery recycling capacity.

Michael Green, Managing Director of G&P, said of the new system: “The vast majority of the volumes handled come from the most common brands and we’ve been searching for some time for the technology that can streamline the waste battery sorting process.

“We were impressed by the speed and accuracy of the Optisort battery sorter, which enables us to maximise our sorting efficiencies whilst maintaining current staffing levels. We will always require the expertise of manual sorters, for larger batteries and packs, and for their experience in accurately identifying the lesser known battery brands and chemistries.”

Hans Eric Melin, CEO at Optisort, added: “This installation is as significant for Optisort as it is for G&P.

“The system we are commissioning in Darlaston is the first in the world using this kind of technology. The access to G&P’s deep knowledge in waste battery sorting and collection, as well as their high requirements, has been instrumental in transposing our prototype machine into a full scale commercial system.”

Under the first target set by the European Directive (ED), producers are required to collect 25 per cent of all batteries placed on the market by the end of 2012. The figure will then rise to 45 per cent by 2016, in line with the ED’s second target.

Founded in 1979, G&P is reportedly able to ‘collect and recycle any kind of battery or battery powered appliance’ from retail and industrial sites nationwide.

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