Abrasive Recycling Mobile Recycling Systems

Recycle for reduced purchase, transport, handling and disposal costs.

Abrasive recycling systems provide the ability to reuse abrasive blasting media mulitple times for maxium usabilty expense. The reuse of abrasive lowers the amount of abrasive media being consumed during the blasting project resulting in a saving over none recyclable media.

There are two main types of solutions for on-site abrasive media recycling.

Steel Grit Trailers

Steel Grit Trailers are most commonly found in the bridge maintenance industry in the United Steates of America. They are commonly used because of the high percentage of the bridges still contain lead coatings, and recycling steel grit gives you a very low waste stream. The steel grit can be used upto 100 times, and all you are disposing of is the dust, paint chips and remaining abrasive after recycling it numerous times.

The downfalls to blasting with steel grit are;

  1. Speed of blasting.
    Most bridge blasting contractors achieve a maximum blasting speed of 90 sqft/hr, blasting to an SP10.
  2. Richochet of abrasive.
    Bridge blasters have a common complaint that steel grit is highly wearing on their coveralls and on their body as it richoecys off everything it hits.
  3. Slow recovery process.
    You need to have one or two of your crew dedicated to vacuuming up the spent abrasive, otherwise you will run out of grit very quickly.

Garnet Recyclers

Garnet Recycle

Garnet recyclers are used on jobsites when you have a very large project, where you are planning to use over 400ton of abrasive. The Garnet recyclers are highly effiecient, recycling upto 8ton per hour, which is what four blasters will use in a day. 90% of Garnet used worldwide is never recycled, if you are contemplating recycling garnet on a jobsite, here are the three key rules to ensuring your project is a success.

  • Keep it absolutely dry.
    Unless you are using a wet-blast machines, as wet abrasive won't recycle.
  • Recycle in batches.
    Unless you have a recovery system which automatically collects the spent abrasive and recycles it, it is more efficient to recycle 50 tons at once.
  • Use an airwash system to remove the dust properly.
    Sometimes we see blasters just getting shovel loads of dusty abrasive and shoveling/bucketing it back into the top of the pot. Best practice is to have an airwash and a rotary trash screen to remove this dust and rouge particles before using it to blast again.