More Asphalt gains by recycling
- 17 November 2011
- Product News
More Asphalt has bought a Terex Finlay 683 mobile screen to extract even greater value from its tar recycling operation.
The Cape Town-based asphalt producer uses a Pilot Crushtec RubbleBuster SR500 impact crusher to recycle asphalt waste as well as waste product generated in its production process into reusable raw material.
"By introducing a screen into its process, More Asphalt has gained increased efficiencies as it now has the ability to produce a -15mm product which is then blended back into the production cycle," says Pilot Crushtec director sales Graham Kleinhans, adding that the Terex Finlay's secondary function is to screen sand out of the plant.
According to plant manager Franscois Ruiters, reject asphalt is produced when the plant starts up or is shut down, and the use of recycling techniques is generating significant savings, not only in terms of raw material costs, but in operational efficiencies.
"Apart from the benefit of a greater utilisation of our raw materials, recycling means that we no longer have to carry the cost of transporting and disposing of waste," says Ruiters.
"What we are doing here is normal practice in countries like Australia and America, where asphalt waste is often referred to as 'black gold'."
He adds that globally there is growing pressure for the conservation of essential raw materials and that it is only a matter of time before local legislation to enforce a recycled content of waste into asphalt production comes into play.
"Our RubbleBuster, which we have operated for over three years, and the new screen work well together and produce up to 60 tonnes of recycled product per hour. We are only able to re-introduce product at our main plant and the product is currently re-introduced (blended back into the product cycle) at 7% of our total output. The service we have received from Pilot Crushtec has been excellent and should there be an upturn in the economy, we may look to increasing our capacity."