The right equipment – a key in recycling

01 October 2021


The amount of construction and demolition waste is growing globally. Recycling can effectively deal with it if the right equipment is chosen. Meet Metso Outotec Nordtrack™ – a combination of value-for-money made to make contracting more productive.

Globally, the use of recycled concrete and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) has grown exponentially, giving opportunities for small-to-medium-sized crushing contractors.

Waste management has been a major issue as cities are running out of landfill space. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measuring the generation of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the United States (US), 569 million tons of C&D debris were generated in 2017.

Recycling and reuse have been identified as the most efficient ways to deal with waste. For example, the US recycles about 80% of asphalt removed from the roads, counts the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Key considerations
For contractors to take full advantage of this surge in recycling demand, the choice of correct equipment from a reputable supplier with a strong global support footprint is key, says Vesa Tuloisela, Director, Nordtrack offering, Metso Outotec.

He adds that the main factors when choosing crushing equipment for recycling concrete and asphalt include equipment compactness, ease of use, ability to be moved easily between worksites, accessibility, reasonable price point, quick return on investment and product support.

The new Nordtrack™ range
Metso Outotec has a long history of offering purpose-built equipment for recycling. Launched in October 2019, the new Nordtrack™ range ushered a new era for the global recycling contracting sector. The key feature is the compactness of the range.

“Typically, most recycling projects happen at the point of demolition to reduce transport costs. This is mostly in urban areas where space is at a premium. It’s important that crushing machinery is compact in size and easy to move between sites,” says Tuloisela.

Time is critical
Usually, recycling contracts are very short and have strict deadlines so crushing contractors look for quick lead times for their crushing equipment. Delivery times for Nordtrack equipment are just a few weeks on average. With standard designs for off-the-shelf availability and plug-and-play features, these mobile solutions make it easy to get contracting operations up and running quickly.

“The Nordtrack units are generally smaller and compact in size with a lower price point than larger units with more options and tailoring. Thanks to various leasing possibilities, too, contractors can get started in the recycling business with a moderate initial investment,” concludes Tuloisela.

About Nordtrack™ range
The Nordtrack range includes 19 products, such as small to midsize jaw crushers, impact crushers, mobile screens and mobile conveyors. The products are designed to be used in multiple applications, whether it is aggregate production, recycling or sand and gravel. The range is ideal for contractors looking for flexibility – to have a solution they can use in any application and move from one application to another.

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