Each year in the United States, it is estimated that between 12 to 15 million automobiles become unusable, the majority of which end up in landfills. As a ever-growing environmental threat, with new automobile production compounding the existing issue, the recycling and recovery of automobile materials has become increasingly necessary.
The recycling process begins with vehicles being stripped of salvageable parts that can be resold. Most fluids are drained and hazardous materials are removed before the automobile shells are flattened or cubed in order to be shredded into smaller pieces. All remaining material is a combination of residual metals (both ferrous and non-ferrous), rubber, glass, plastics, wood, left over liquids (not fully disposed of during prior recycling steps), and dirt. This mixture is commonly known as automotive shredder residue (ASR) and auto fluff.
The United States alone produces an estimated 5 million tons of ASR annually. With as much as 60 percent of that volume being recoverable as reusable materials, the value in recycling is large, both for financial and environmental purposes.
Tuffman® Equipment manufactures and supplies everything needed to easily and efficiently process ASR. By utilizing a Tuffman® Trommel Screen, larger pieces of metal mixed in the ASR are separated from the other material. Smaller fines are transported via a Tuffman® Conveyor to a Tuffman® Magnetic Drum Separator that pulls ferrous metals from the auto fluff stream. After, an Eddy Current Separator removes non-ferrous metals from the remaining mixture.
All ASR systems manufactured by Tuffman® Equipment can be custom-designed to meet specific needs and can be configured to multiple multiple tons per hour of ASR material. Additionally, for those with current ASR processing systems, components are also available from Tuffman® Equipment to help with little to no downtime on a process.
An assortment of custom engineered and manufactured ASR drying systems are also available from Tuffman® Equipment’s sister company, Vulcan® Systems. Drying, prior to material separation, makes the handling of ASR easier and more cost-effective due to the reduction of moisture, weight, clumping, and volume of the material blend.
Recovery and recycling of ASR metals helps create a better environment while also creating a source of revenue. If you’re ready to get tough with auto fluff, contact Tuffman® Equipment, contact Tuffman® Equipment today.