DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Pallmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG unveiled a range of equipment developments at K 2013, including a system designed to handle large-scale recycling of film waste.
The company is also promoting an energy-efficient way of turning rubber scrap back into very fine powder, and a service for converting waste from carbon fiber-reinforced composites production back into very short fibers for new compounds.
Despite a growing awareness of the importance of recycling, a Pallmann spokesman said there needs to be a greater level of incentivize to drive forward the green economy.
"We want to see more legislation in the [European Union] and around the world that realizes that taking case of waste is a form of 'urban mining' and that landfill is no longer a possibility.
"Technological developments increasingly mean that there are more efficient ways to take care of our waste, plus there are new applications for waste reuse. I also think countries such as the U.S. now see the potential for creating domestic jobs by developing waste infrastructure."