The future needs experts – plastics recycling in Romania

The Romanian recycling business Expert Recycling offers numerous services around the disposal and recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste. A W5.18 single-shaft shredder from WEIMA is used for processing PET, PP, PS, PE, DHPE and PELD material streams. With its help, the company produces high-quality regranulates, films, and waste bags, which it then sells itself.

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Romania in European comparison

Nowhere else in the European Union is so little waste produced annually per capita as in Romania. Also true is that the country's recycling rate is only just ahead of Malta, which is in last place. Expert Recycling, located two hours north of Bucharest, has recognized this need to catch up since it was founded in 2007 and, according to its own figures, has processed over 7,000 tons of waste to date.

Source: European Parliament

grey production hall and outdoor storage space with baled plastic waste at expert recycling in romania

Expert Recycling outdoor storage space for post-consumer plastic waste in Romania

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The circular economy is the focus for Expert Recycling.

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Together with strong partners, the Zero Waste ideal goal for Romania is to be achieved. Owner Dan Ana explains how:

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"We want to make an important contribution on the way to a circular economy. One person's waste should be another person's raw material. Expert Recycling wants to support a society focused on sustainability with state-of-the-art technology that is not only safer but also more efficient than before. Ultimately, we need to significantly increase the recycling rate."

Dan Ana, Expert Recycling owner

Expert Recycling in Romania

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2007
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W5.18
shredder
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7.000
tons of waste
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To achieve these ambitious goals, Expert Recycling relies on shredding technology from WEIMA in Germany – distributed by the Romanian dealer Chorus Engineering from Bucharest and co-financed by funds from the European Union.

WEIMA W5.18 single-shaft shredder with hydraulic drive by Hägglunds Bosch Rexroth at Expert Recycling in Romania

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It all starts with the shredder.

In the first step of the recycling process, the WEIMA W5.18 plastic shredder processes a wide variety of films, packaging and more to a homogeneous flake size, which is ideal for further processing.

blue and white plastic flakes pile after being shredded

PP and PE plastic flakes after shredding

The WEIMA shredder as the central component of the recycling line has a working width of approx. 1,800 mm, with a rotor diameter of approx. 500 mm. It is driven directly by a Hägglunds Bosch Rexroth hydraulic power drive train, without gearbox or frequency converter, which allows consistently high throughput rates to be achieved. The drive is extremely robust with regard to foreign objects and features variably adjustable rotor speeds with constantly high torque – even under full load.

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Smooth process.

The material is fed via infeed conveyor belt. The compact swing-arm ram installed inside the shredder presses the material to be shredded against the rotor in a load-dependent and fully automated manner. Due to the wide opening of the inspection flap, the removal of any impurities or the maintenance of the cutting geometry is conveniently possible at any time.

container silo with shredded plastic waste next to an orange weima shredder

Shredded material: Ready for the next processing step

grey silo and conveyor belt in front of it

Container silo for shredded material

several buttons to control the shredder, with weima logo on orange background

Easy shredder operation

pile of blue pp regranulate on white background
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After shredding, the flakes are washed, followed by extrusion using a solution from Erema. The products, various regranulates and film products, are of the highest quality, confirms Dan Ana:

erema extrusion machine with expert recycling employee

Erema extrusion line at Expert Recycling

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"We collect or buy post-consumer as well as post-industrial plastic waste from our numerous partners. All our products, granules, household waste bags and films, are made of 100 percent recycled material and comply with all EU regulations, including CE marking for full transparency in national and international markets. At Expert Recycling, we have a comprehensive technology park for end-to-end recycling. This includes sorting, separating, washing, shredding, baling and extruding. And we're pretty proud of that!"

Dan Ana, Expert Recycling owner

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About WEIMA

More than 40,000 machines sold worldwide! WEIMA has been manufacturing robust shredders and briquetting presses for the disposal and processing of all types of waste for more than four decades. Our machines include single-shaft shredders, four-shaft shredders, cutting mills and briquette presses. The popular blood orange machines are used in the wood, plastics, paper, metal and waste-to-energy industries.

Made in Germany. Built for the world.

Shredders and briquette presses from WEIMA are exclusively made in Germany and come from production plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Every year, more than 300 employees work on around 1,200 customer solutions from around the globe. We have long-standing sales and service locations in the USA, Poland, India and China. More than 80 representatives supplement this global presence.

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