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New sorting facilities for metal scrap are increasing activities at the Port of Grenaa. Total investment of DKK 60 million will mean 5-6 new jobs at Stena Recycling.

STENA HANDLES APPROX. 260,000 TONS OF SCRAP AT THE PORT

The new plant will mean around 20,000 tons extra metal scrap being loaded in the Port of Grenaa.

The enormous amounts of metal scrap already handled will increase when Stena Recycling commissions its new sorting plant at the end of the year. The new shredder for fine shredding and sorting metal scrap will boost the amount of waste that can be recycled. So much in fact, that only about 10% of the scrap received is sent for incineration in power plants. The rest of Stena Recycling's metal mountain in the Port of Grenaa will be sorted into different metals after shredding, such as iron, aluminium, stainless steel, copper etc. These will then be shipped for recycling in countries such as Sweden and Turkey.

"RECYCLING METAL SAVES ENORMOUS RESOURCES AND CO2. THAT'S WHY IT'S WORTHWHILE INVESTING VERY LARGE AMOUNTS IN EXTRACTING HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF METAL FOR RECYCLING WHEN SORTING."

COO Mette Boysen, Operations, Stena Recycling

Stena Recycling's branch in the Port of Grenaa has worked hard on developing the new plant over the last three years, housed in a 1,500 sq. m. shed. The company's massive expertise within recycling is the reason why metal scrap sorting in Grenaa can now be refined to recycle even more metal. Stena Recycling has developed the new sorting plant itself, involving an investment in the region of DKK 60 million.

The new plant will perform extra fine sorting of the material left when crushed metal scrap has been through the first station that extracts pure metal pieces. The residual material - known in the trade as SLF - represents around 20% of the scrap processed. SLF consists of plastic, rubber, textiles etc., and used to be dumped. But thanks to the new plant, more revenue can be generated by fine-sorting SLF and recycling the metal component it still contains.

 

HIGH VALUE IN THE EXTRA PERCENTAGES

"Recycling metals saves enormous resources and CO2. That's why it's worthwhile investing very large amounts in extracting higher percentages of metal for recycling when sorting," states COO Mette Boysen from Operations at Stena Recycling. "The objective is to get even further down, so that we can generally recycle almost 100% of a scrapped car for instance. There's a lot of potential for instance in recycling plastic waste, and the general global environmental trend is towards as little dumping as possible by recycling as much as possible, or converting it to energy.

But in many instances - such as recycling plastic - the calculations involved are very complex," says Boysen. "It's not only the technological options that are important. We always have to consider the financial aspects, where global mineral prices come into play, as they are important to those industries that reuse metal, plastic etc."

 

6 NEW JOBS IN GRENAA

The new plan means Stena Recycling is able to handle around 20,000 tons more of metal scrap in addition to the approx. 260,000 tons that already pass through their branch in the port. That means not only 5-6 new jobs at Stena Recycling, but also more work for local hauliers etc.

"We use local suppliers as much as possible for day-to-day jobs, and for building the new plant," explains Boysen, before emphasising the excellent relationship enjoyed with the Port of Grenaa and Norddjurs Municipality.

"We are delighted with the level of collaboration we enjoy with the port and municipality, and that we can expand the activities of our Grenaa branch," concludes Boysen.