There's a revolution going on in sorting technology: at ALBA sorting plants, tasks that once had to be performed manually are now carried out using machinery such as vibrators, air jets and near-infrared scanners. The machines divide up recyclables from household-collected goods into three core groups: mixed paper, paper from supermarkets and paper that requires deinking.
The automation of this process means large quantities of materials can be sorted at high speed. Special high-quality types of paper, such as those found in small quantities at printing shops, are dealt with differently: they are collected separately at the source by the central ALBA Material Flow Management team, which then sends them for recycling. This ensures a consistently high standard of paper recycling, both in terms of cost and of environmental impact.
ALBA uses a variety of sorting techniques to separate paper, cardboard and board, producing high-quality raw materials for the manufacturing sector.