By the end of this year, modern technique will ensure that worn out electric and electronic devices will be recycled without harming the environment in the emirate of Qatar.
In April, the German-based Sicon GmbH received an order for the delivery of a two-staged processing plant of the model “SICON-e” for electric and electronic waste from the emirate. An option for further processing plants has already been completed.
With its system concept, the internationally active company developed a modular system for the processing of electric and electronic waste, which stands out due to its flexibility and productivity. The different materials should especially be taken into account.
Small domestic appliances up to complete three-phase-motors can be chopped up and solubilized for further work steps with the vertical shredder EcoShred Vertec. Productive sieve and metal separators perfect the increase in value. In the second step, the non-ferrous metals are carefully compressed by the EcoShred Sphere and prepared for further use. The “Sicon-e” concept is expanded through multi-sensor-sorting, by the “Varisort WEEE”, for example to separate PCBs and stainless-steel-compounds from the product flow. For the detachment of synthetic material from the electric and electronic waste, Sicon offers the wet method for separating: Polyfloat.
Waste management and recycling
According to Hukoomi, Qatar’s e-Government portal, the country is developing strategies to dramatically curb waste production. The proposals in the National Development Strategy 2011-2016 will set the country on a course to extremely reduce the amount of waste going to landfills by greatly increasing recycling and improve waste management efforts. As reported by the government and the media, Qatar produces more than 7,000 tons of solid waste every day. Households are responsible for about 30 percent of that waste, while commerce, industry, and construction account for the rest. The vast majority of that non-domestic waste goes directly to the landfill.
The country’s waste strategy focuses on several primary goals: recycling and waste reduction as well as convert waste to energy. The target is to reduce the amount going to landfills from 91 percent to 64 percent. It is also planned to improve the amount of household waste being recycled. A central component in Qatar’s waste management strategy is an integrated domestic solid waste management center which is responsible to handling the conversion of waste to energy.
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