Innovating solution for the material recovery from end-of-life vehicle (ELV) shredding residues

The LIFE PST SORT project is being successfully developed and is currently entering its third demonstration stage of recyclable waste recovering from ELV shredding rejects, which otherwise would have been sent directly to landfill or incineration. 

Expressions of interest can be sent in writing to CALAF – PICVISA or via the project website.

Metals, plastics, glass and rubber are recovered from ELV shredder rejects at the demo plant, and solid recovered fuel (SRF) streams containing polyurethane foams, wood, paper & cardboard, and textiles are purified. In addition, recyclable materials can be recovered from WEEE, incineration slags, municipal and industrial waste.

Concerned stakeholders of the LIFE PST SORT project are recyclers, shredding plant operators of ELVs, waste management companies, local authorities and research centres. All of them can benefit from the demo plant and test centre located in Calaf, Barcelona (Spain).

The demonstration plant is fully automated, has a capacity of 6 to 8 t/h, covers an area of 1,000 m2, and includes PICVISA's optical and inductive sorting. The main advantages of the LIFE PST-SORT solution lie in the high-performance levels and its easy integration in ELV shredding and recycling plants. Recyclables recovery of up to 66% (as a whole) have been measured. Besides, the modularity of the technological solution allows adaptations to almost any type of ELV shredding process, heavy and light fluff refuse treatment and waste recycling facilities, admitting changes of feedstock content and keeping high throughput levels. The material recovery process is automated, does not involve manual handling of waste and does not emit leachate.


The project runs from the end of 2018 to October 2021 and is granted by the European Union's LIFE programme (No. LIFE17-ENV/ES/000168).


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