Railway sleepers, reinforced concrete or vineyard poles: now recovering means monetizing

With MB Crusher units, poles, reinforced concrete, and sleepers are crushed and recycled directly on site...

There are materials some operators consider “difficult” to dispose of; these materials often pile up for years and take up space. Old light poles, columns, and concrete pipes, railway sleepers, vineyard poles with spring steel: these objects seem to be more complicated and expensive to recycle than others.

Construction sites that adopted MB Crusher units found an easy and inexpensive way to crush and recycle these types of inert material.

4 minutes
It’s not a riddle or an equation: it’s how long it takes MB’s crusher bucket to crush an 8-metre tall light pole. With the MB unit attached to the excavator on the construction. A single operator can collect the pole, crush it, and separate the iron from the concrete, all by themselves.


No drawbacks
Disposing of reinforced concrete poles in recycling centers is pricey, even if it’s just the cost of transporting the material. If a company wants to be autonomous and use a stationary crusher, the rebar in the concrete can easily cut the conveyor belt or jam the machine, which results in downtime, work stops, and wasting time and money. Alternatively, some crush with demolition shears, but it is a slow process.

This doesn’t happen when using MB’s crushers: the iron comes out while the unit is crushing and can be separated from the processed material with the iron separator, which is installed on the MB unit and controlled by the operator from the cabin.

Output size on request
With the MB crusher bucket, it is easy to obtain different material output sizes. The excavator’s operator can do it directly on-site, by just unscrewing a few bolts, inserting or removing shims and adjusting the jaws according to his needs. Not only that, with MB’s crusher, but the resulting material is also of good quality and ready to be reused or sold.

“Earn from inert material and recovering iron.”
From two construction sites, one in France and the other in Bulgaria, where the recovering of railway sleepers and reinforced concrete has become a new source of income. Using MB’s crusher buckets and their excavator, the companies can collect poles and sleepers and crush them. During the crushing phase, the rebar is separated from the concrete and then removed from the crushed pile with an iron separator installed directly on the MB unit. The same crusher is used for crushing rocks. The material is quickly processed on-site with a single machine—a Simple and fast operation.

“Material recovered and immediately reused.”
Why throw it away when it can be recycled? Is what the administration of a Slovakian municipality thought when they found themselves handling several cubic meters of material from the demolition of sidewalks. The company who took charge of recovering the material created a real recycling center with only two attachments. A BF70.2 crusher bucket to crush the waste and an MB-S14 screening bucket to separate it. The material was then reused as a base for road work.

“Light poles: a profitable resource.”
It had been a long time since a large Brazilian company had used the old light poles on a construction site. They used the MB crusher bucket to crush them, recover the iron, and obtain excellent revenues from the resale. Double the advantage of double the profit.

“Canceling rental and transportation costs.”
This is what a company in the Czech Republic, who deals with railways, did.

The problem was disposing of old sleepers they kept in storage – renting a stationary crusher was too expensive and complicated. Bringing the material to a recycling center meant high hauling fees. The solution was under their noses: they used the BF70.2 crusher bucket, attached to their operating machine, crushed the old sleepers on the spot. Therefore, eliminating rental and transportation costs.

Sometimes, adopting new solutions to facilitate the workflow on the construction site is the answer. With MB Crusher units, what was difficult and expensive to dispose of before becomes simple. There’s no longer a need for large storage areas. The waste is processed directly on the construction site, and the iron is quickly separated from the concrete, piled up on the side, and, therefore, can be sold.

All of this work done on the job site, with a single machine.

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