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Case Study 3 - Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)


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Name: Recycling Sorting Plan of Alexandroupoli case study 3
Owner: Hellenic Recovery & Recycling Corporation
Operator: Makis Thimianidis/Eco Soluitons
Technology: MRF
Designed Capacity: n/a
Cost: 2.35 million € (total investment cost)
Location: Alexandoupoli, Greece
Served Area: Cities of Komotini & Alexandoupoli, Greece
Commercial Start Up: 2010
Contact Details
Address: 1) Hellenic Recovery & Recycling Corporation
Chimaras st. Maroussi
15125, Athens, Greece

2) Eco Solutions
4th Km Alexandroupoli-Avanta Greece
Phone Number: +30 210 8010962
Fax: -
Email: 1)


Short Description

The Recycling Sorting Plan of Alexandroupoli is a MRF plant that receives recyclables from the recycling scheme which has been developed in the cities of Komotini and Alexandroupoli. The scheme, which serves 100,273 residents, includes 1,405 blue bins for recyclable materials and 4 vehicles for the collection.

The plant occupies an area of 1,740 m2 and has been in operation since June 2010.

Main parts of the plant are the following:

  • Two lines with conveyor belts for handpicking
  • One electromagnets
  • One ballistic separator

In 2010 the plant operated 610 hours and recovered 1,407 tons of recyclable materials. About 30% of the recovered recyclables are reclaimed at local recycling companies whereas the rest are exported.


Key Facts

Treatment Capacity: 1,741 tpa (Data of the year 2010)
Input Material: Mixed Packaging Waste & printing paper from households (blue bins) 1,741 tpa
Packaging paper/Cardboard 32%
Printed paper 28.90%
Rest paper (tetrapack) 1%
Packaging plastic 10.8%
Rest plastics 0.4%
Ferrous metals 1.8%
Aluminum 0.5%
Other non ferrous metals 0.7%
Glass 4.8%
Wood 0%
Other recyclables 0%
Residues 19.10%
Output Products: Packaging 880 tpa
Printing Paper 505 tpa
Rest no-packaging 22 tpa
Cardboard 39.59%
Printed paper 35.89%
Rest paper (tetrapack) 1.21%
PET 4.97%
HDPE 1.71%
PVC 0%
LDPE 3.84%
Rest plastics 2.63%
Ferrous metals 2.13%
Aluminum 0.57%
Other no ferrous metals 0%
White glass 0%
Coloured glass 5.90%
Wood 0%
Other recyclables 1.56%
Residues to final disposal 293.60 tpa


Extra Information

Plant Process Data
Number of magnets 1
Total recovery capacity of magnets 3,000 kg/h
Number of handpickers 13
Total recovery capacity of handpickers n/a
Number of ballistic separators 1
Total recovery capacity of ballistic separators  6,000 kg/h
Total storage area for recyclables 352 m2