ARN has developed a promising new product for the fibres recovered in the PST plant. These are processed into sheet material, comparable to chipboard and plywood. It consists of fibres from the shredder waste, mixed with plastic flows as a binder.
After being pressed into sheets under high pressure at high temperatures, sheet material is very sturdy and waterproof, making it suitable for use in construction. For example, the sheets can be used as noise barriers along the motorways and as retaining wall along the waterfront. In the latter case this is a sustainable alternative for the tropical hardwood used to present.
The sheet material was granted an international patent. ARN is currently looking for investors to open a plant in order to start large scale production. Fibres make up about 20% of the total output of the PST plant. Thus this application had a great positive effect on the objective of 95% recycling and useful application.
ARN is looking for an investor to start producing sheets on an industrial scale. For further information, go to the Raw Materials and New Applications dossier.