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Mechanical recycling process won’t harm the environment

Mammern, Switzerland -- Oct. 25, 2002 -- The separation of compound materials used in the machine, electronic and p...

Mammern, Switzerland — Oct. 25, 2002 — The separation of compound materials used in the machine, electronic and packaging industries into basic materials through chemical or thermal processes is costly and damaging to the environment. A promising materials recovery process has been introduced to North America by Swiss-based Result Technology, a long-time specialist in the disintegration and separation of compound materials through an environmentally friendly mechanical process.

Says Peter Virsik, vice-president of sales and marketing at the company, “The economic aspects of this new technology are dramatic, with a high recovery rate of valuable substances now possible. This recovery process has no damaging environmental impact, since it uses no fluids, gases or chemicals that would accumulate toxic substances or hazardous wastes. And the applications are wide for a diversity of industries that want to divert their waste products from costly landfills and incinerators.”

The process can recover a wide range of materials. It can salvage rubber and textiles from tires.

The growing problem of electronic wastes such as printed computer circuits in landfills is alleviated by the process’s recovery of materials ranging from copper, aluminum, lead and tin to more precious gold, silver and platinum. Large quantities of plastics and metals can be recovered using the process, which delaminates or separates compound materials that are fused or laminated together, and which currently are sent to landfills or incinerated. Also, electric cabling can be transformed into once-again usable aluminum, copper and plastic.

Result Technology expects to sell the equipment for this process to recycling companies, original equipment manufacturers and other businesses throughout North America, in addition to commissioning complete turnkey plants which use the proprietary recovery process.

More information about the company and the applications of its recovery process can be found at