Today, people use a wide range of different types of plastics. However, the benefit of plastic’s multi-purpose use is overshadowed by an ever-increasing problem: environmental pollution from plastic waste. Although much of the plastic used is recycled, a large percentage still ends up in the ocean unintentionally.

The annoying thing about the most commonly used plastics is that, once in the water, they disintegrate into smaller fragments under the influence of UV radiation and wear and tear caused by sea battering. The smaller fragments are then dispersed by sea currents around the world.

Since most plastics are not biodegradable, these smaller pieces continue to “circle around” and easily accumulate in the aquatic environment. There they are regularly mistaken by fish and seabirds for food. The animals cannot digest the pieces of plastic and the amount of plastic in their bodies gradually accumulates, eventually killing them. And in this there is also direct danger to humans. After all, we eat fish that we take from the same sea.

Decentralized solution

What does not enter the water should not be removed from it. Ecobeton water technologies has designed decentralized solutions that counteract pollution at the source.

Our separator system consists of two parts: a sludge trap and a separator. In the ECOGRAIN grit separator from ecobeton water technologies, sludge collection in a separate basin is achieved by means of VORTEX technology, where suspended sludge particles are separated under the influence of centrifugal force.

The downstream granular separator ensures that first large plastic particles and then granulates up to 2 mm are separated, and this for maximum flows up to 800 L/s, making them calculated for rain intensities that occur once every 40 years and thus fitting into all our climate-proof designs.

Because the installation is designed for traffic loads up to 60 Ton, this concept is ideally suited to be applied to industrial sites and port areas. The issue of the clean sweep, the international program to protect the seas from plastic waste, plays a maximum role here due to the frequent presence in bulk of the basic raw materials of the various plastics.

In addition, the plant may be designed so that the separated plastic granules can be recovered and reused in the production process.