Waste management and recycling

Waste and secondary raw materials exhibitor at IFAT

How can we ensure a high standard of living for the growing global population without plundering our natural resources or becoming lost in a sea of trash? The answer: by adopting a consistent, smart, closed-loop management system. In addition to the continued rise in global standards of living, there remains a high demand for innovation—even existing recycling processes that operate effectively can always be improved upon. Moreover, international environmental technology companies are increasingly trying to apply viable, ecological, and cost-efficient recycling systems to new waste streams and groups of substances.

Recycling waste means feeding raw materials back into the loop. To do this, a multitude of highly complex process chains consisting of collection, transport, sorting, and treatment need to be created. Household waste, packaging waste, old cars, construction waste, electronic waste: The variety of recyclable waste types is vast, as is the range of products and solutions offered by exhibitors at IFAT.

Sometimes highly specialized, they offer an array of technologies ranging from modern collection vehicles (some equipped with hybrid engines) to hard-wearing, energy-saving shredding machines and fully automated sorting systems.

Whilst waste recycling is preferable to waste disposal, there are still significant volumes that need to be transported to landfill sites. IFAT exhibitors have a plethora of state-of-the-art technologies for this, too.

AT IFAT exhibitors from the waste and secondary raw materials sector can be found in halls A4 to A6 and at the open-air area, all of which can best be accessed via the East or North Entrance.

Recycling at IFAT 2018


The stricter waste imports to China, the new commercial waste regulation, and the coming packaging Act of 2019 are making the recycling industry busy.

Only in this way can the environment and resources be spared sustainably. The IFAT recycling exhibitors are aware of this.

Giving plastics a new life is only possible through improved recycling technologies.

In addition to new processes, IFAT exhibitors are also presenting increasingly intelligent sorting machines.

New sensor technologies are detecting ever smaller impurities and can isolate them more precisely. This is how unmixed products can be created for further processing.

The IFAT as a platform for dialogue - for a sustainable closed-loop economy, innovative technologies are providing answers for the manufacturing sector.

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