Non-ferrous metal recovery makes dollars and senseNon-ferrous metal recovery makes dollars and sense<div class="ExternalClass0225B57041F24BCF8979B5D6C5BC4CF2"><p>​Metro Vancouver is advancing the region’s zero waste goals and increasing revenue by improving metal recovery, thanks to recent upgrades to its Waste-to-Energy Facility.</p><p>A non-ferrous recovery system completed in 2018 allows Metro Vancouver to separate valuable metals from bottom ash collected at the Waste-to-Energy Facility. The upgrades are designed to increase the existing recovery of ferrous metals such as iron and steel as well as begin the recovery of non-ferrous metals like aluminum and copper. Bottom ash is the largest residual from the combustion of municipal solid waste, at about 45,000 tonnes per year. </p><p>The upgraded system includes an additional magnetic separator, conveyors and eddy current separator. The new magnetic separator captures additional ferrous metals from the cooled bottom ash before the bottom ash enters the eddy current separator. The eddy current separator uses a powerful magnetic field to separate non-ferrous metals from the remaining bottom ash. </p><p>The system recovers about 50 tonnes per month of non-ferrous metals and has increased the recovery of ferrous metals by about six percent to approximately 500 tonnes per month. The remaining bottom ash is currently being used to replace fill material in the construction of the Coquitlam Transfer Station replacement project at the Coquitlam Landfill. See the video <a href="https://vimeo.com/305141493" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue51-metal.jpg2019-03-28T07:00:00ZGP0|#fa10f1b3-b2b5-4771-aabf-d0c9cee82ee2;L0|#0fa10f1b3-b2b5-4771-aabf-d0c9cee82ee2|Issue 51;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassAFD7C67F83944BC8AFFF2AC9A8CBD26F"><p>​Metro Vancouver is advancing the region’s zero waste goals and increasing revenue by improving metal recovery, thanks to recent upgrades to its Waste-to-Energy Facility.</p></div>0