Other wastes

Our treatment plants are very versatile and are able to be used across a wide range of applications:

VacuDry® units

VacuDry® is suitable for use in waste treatment, mining wastes, and the treatment of raw materials or specialised industrial wastes. The VacuDry® technology can be utilized for all drying and separation processes where water or other substances with boiling points of up to 450 °C can be separated from solids. Find some other special applications of VacuDry® here.

Benefits of VacuDry® treatment plants:

  • Proven and versatile treatment method which has been operating for over 10 years
  • Environmentally friendly, fully enclosed separation process
  • Single process approved to operate with multi-contaminant input materials
  • High temperatures and low vacuum pressure ensure a thorough cleaning process
  • Low energy consumption is achieved through efficient heat transfer
  • Emission and dust-free system; encapsulated treatment of exhaust vapours and solids
  • Optional stabilisation/solidification/briquetting of cleaned solids after thermal treatment
  • High flexibility regarding differing types of input waste streams
Key Facts

Sources:

Various different industrial processes, mining and exploration, mineral processing, metal processing

Input material:

Solids and sludges with varying viscosities, liquid, semi-solid, solid

Output material:

Depending on application

Plant design:

Fixed or mobile execution, 0.5 … > 10 t/h throughput capacity

Heating system fired by:

Fuel oil, diesel, natural gas, electricity, biofuels

Optional:

Remoistening, cooling, briquetting and stabilisation of cleaned solid output

 

PyroPlas® plants

PyroPlas® has the capability of safely destroying a wide range of waste and hazardous materials with a Destruction Removal Efficiency (DRE) of 99.9999 %. It is especially adept in the destruction of the following waste streams: POPs, ODSs, SGGs, Halogenated Wastes.

Benefits of PyroPlas® treatment plants:

  • Extensive experience, know-how and understanding of various refrigerants, SGGs, halogenated chemicals and POPs to minimise client´s liability.
  • Higher temperature destruction with lower residence time to achieve destruction standards
  • Operation is transparent to allow for easy auditability for credit management.
  • Small footprint and easy operation of PyroPlas® plant ensures quick operation with low risks.
  • High and consistent DRE with minimal operator attendance.
  • Full consultation to ensure PyroPlas® operation meets commercial and local environmental standards.
Key Facts

Sources:

Hazardous waste management industry, Refrigeration, Fire Suppression and Semiconductor Industry, Manufacturing Industry, Military and Peace keeping

Input material:

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs), Dioxins, Per- and Poly-fluoralkyls Substances (PFAS) such as PFOS and PFOA etc.

CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, PFCs (R22, R23 etc.)
Other SGGs (such as SF6)

Halogenated Wastes (e.g. BFRs like HBCD, Chlorinated Wastes, PFCs, Brominated Wastes like TBBA and Fluorinated Wastes)

Liquid or gaseous chemical weapons

Output material:

Inert Brine Solution
Waste gases (such as redundant refrigerants – R11, R12, halon gases, pesticides – VX, Sarin, and fumigants – methyl bromide, phosgene), depending on waste stream

Operation:

Continous or batch operation with minimal operator attendance to minimise handling

Optional:

Multiple torch and waste injection modules PyroPlas® II and PyroPlas® III


 

Sulphur waste

Sulphur waste is produced in large quantities during mining, metal ore processing and other industrial processes. Often the high sulphur content of the waste makes disposal or extraction of remaining valuable metals (e.g. silver, lead) impossible. VacuDry® technology allows for the separation of water and sulphur from the waste, allowing metal ores or minerals with drastically reduced sulphur content to be extracted.

Benefits of VacuDry® sulphur waste treatment plants:

  • Recovery of valuable metal ores and sulphur
  • Environmentally friendly, fully enclosed separation process
  • Oxygen-free process for the highest level of safety and product quality
  • High temperatures and low vacuum pressure ensure a thorough cleaning process
  • Low energy consumption through efficient heat transfer
  • Emission and dust-free system; encapsulated treatment of exhaust vapours and solids
  • Optional stabilisation/solidification/briquetting of cleaned solids after thermal treatment
  • High flexibility regarding differing types of input waste streams
Key Facts

Sources:

Metal production by leaching process (e.g. zinc production), chemical processes, mining

Input material:

Solids and sludge with varying viscosities: liquid, semi-solid, solid
Up to 60 % elemental sulphur

Output material:

< 1 % elemental Sulphur (possible) Minerals and metal ores for further processing

Plant design:

Fixed or mobile execution 0.5 … > 10 t/h throughput capacity

Heating system fired by:

Fuel oil, diesel, natural gas, electricity, biofuels

Optional:

Remoistening, cooling, briquetting and stabilisation of cleaned solid output

Calcium fluoride CaF2

CaF2 is commonly used both in the production of both aluminium and steel, where it is used as a flux to lower the melting point and aid in the removal of impurities. From these processes, CaF2 is recovered as filter cake. Until now this filter cake had to be disposed as waste. The VacuDry® technology is able to remove the chemically-bound water from the filter cake, making it possible to reuse the remaining CaF2 in production.

Benefits of VacuDry® calcium fluoride CaF2 treatment plants:

  • Recovery of valuable CaF2
  • Environmentally friendly, fully enclosed separation process
  • Oxygen-free process results in a high level of safety and product quality
  • Low energy consumption is achieved through efficient heat transfer
  • Emission and dust-free system; encapsulated treatment of exhaust vapours and solids
  • Optional pelletizing of dried solids after thermal treatment
  • High flexibility regarding differing types of input waste streams
Key Facts

Sources:

Steel and aluminium production

Input Material:

Filter cake

Output material:

Dry CaF2; Water content below 0.2 %

Plant design:

Fixed or mobile execution, 0.5 … > 10 t/h throughput capacity

Heating system fired by:

Fuel oil, diesel, natural gas, electricity, biofuels

Optional:

Pelletizing of dry CaF2

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

POPs are non-biodegradable molecules that persist in the environment due to their low bio-degradability and bio-accumulate. Due to their persistence, the bioaccumulation of these molecules over long periods cause hazardous effects on flora and, through the food chain, on fauna and human health. POPs are suspected human carcinogens and disrupt the immune and endocrine systems. They cause developmental defects, chronic illnesses, and death.

PyroPlas® provides consistent qualitative destruction of POPs with high destruction efficiencies according to the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty to regulate the management of POPs globally. This not only ensures the complete destruction of these chemicals but also destroys and prevents the production of by-products such as dioxins and furans.

Halogenated Wastes

Halogenated wastes have always been difficult to manage. Often present in toxic forms, as by-products from industry, halogenated wastes are difficult to dispose-off due to their harmful impact on the environment and toxic by-products produced by their decomposition.

econ industries‘ destruction process – PyroPlas®, offers fully automated operation with transparent control systems. PyroPlas® is able to consistently and easily destroy halogenated wastes, which guarantees the best practise eradication of these hazardous substances.