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Correct equipment key to running a successful recycling business


The use of recycled concrete and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) has grown exponentially on a global scale, offering practical business opportunities for small- to medium-sized crushing contractors. 

Waste management has become an issue of increasing concern as cities run out of landfill space. To provide context, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which measures the generation of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the United States, has estimated that 516 million tonnes of C&D debris was generated in 2017.

Recycling and reuse have therefore been identified as the efficient solutions for dealing with waste. The US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), for example, supports and promotes the use of recycled highway materials in pavement construction, in an effort to preserve the environment, reduce waste and provide cost-effective material for the construction of highways. About 80 per cent of asphalt removed from US roads is recycled, according to the FHWA.

For contractors to take full advantage of this surge in recycling demand, Vesa Tuloisela, the director of Metso Outotec’s Nordtrack offering, has said the choice of correct equipment from a reputable supplier with a strong global support footprint is key. 

Some of the key considerations when buying crushing equipment for recycling concrete and asphalt, Tuloisela said, include equipment compactness, ease of use, the ability to be moved easily between worksites, accessibility, reasonable price point, quick return on investment and product support. 


Metso Outotec has a long history of offering purpose-built equipment for recycling. A case in point is its Lokotrack LT1213 horizontal shaft impact (HSI) crusher, which has been serving this sector with great success over a long period of time. This unit is renowned for its high capacity and efficient fuel economy. It can operate as a primary or secondary crusher, especially in recycling applications, such as processing concrete, asphalt and demolition waste.

The launch of the Nordtrack range in October 2019 ushered in a new era for the global recycling contracting sector. A key feature that appeals to this group of customers is the compactness of the range. 

“Typically, most recycling projects happen at the point of demolition to reduce transport costs,” Tuloisela explained. “This is mostly in urban areas, where space is at a premium. It’s important that crushing machinery is compact in size and easy to move between sites.”

The Nordtrack I908S, for example, is a crusher and screen in one. It is a compact, lightweight recycling crusher that is easy to transport between project sites. 

Recycling contracts by their very nature are short, with strict project timelines. Consequently, crushing contractors are looking for quick lead times for their crushing equipment. Delivery times for Nordtrack equipment are usually just a few weeks, on average. With standard designs for off the shelf availability and plug and play features, complemented by an extensive Metso Outotec support network, these mobile solutions make it easy to get contracting operations up and running quickly.  

With recycling contracts mostly small in size and value, crushing contractors are looking for affordable solutions. 

“The Nordtrack units are generally smaller and compact in size with a lower price point than larger units with more options and tailoring,” Tuloisela said. “Thanks to various leasing possibilities, too, contractors can get started in the recycling business with a moderate initial investment.”


The Nordtrack range includes 19 products, such as small to mid-size jaw crushers, impact crushers, mobile screens and mobile conveyors. The products are designed to be used in multiple applications, whether it be aggregate production, recycling or sand and gravel. The range is ideal for contractors looking for flexibility – to have a solution they can use in any application and move from one application to another. 

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Source: Metso Outotec

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