Finland: Pilot Line for Post-Consumer Textile Recycling

In July this year, Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto (LSJH) in Paimio, has successfully started up a new Andritz pilot line for research and development work on post-consumer textile recycling.

The Exel tearing machine for post-consumer textile waste can process up to 500 kilograms per hour for spinning quality and up to one ton per hour for nonwoven fiber quality, as Austrian-based company Andritz gave account. “The entire process is designed to ensure the total absence of metallic material in the fibers and remove hard, non-textile items using cleaning devices, highly sensitive metal traps, and metal detectors.”

LSJH is a municipal waste management company in Finland that specialized in processing post-consumer household textiles into a variety of customized raw materials containing high-quality fibers. “As Finland will be the first country in the world to start a post-consumer textile collection on a national scale in a few months’ time, the LSJH Paimio recycling facility is the location where large amounts of textile waste will be fed to a sustainable and responsible circulatory solution,” the provider of the pilot plant pointed out.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 3/2022, Page 23, Photo: Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto, Andritz)