Emission-free recycling with Volvo CE

01 November 2022


German recycling firm, Böhm Entsorgung, is putting its L25 Electric wheel loader from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) to good use, sorting deliveries of raw materials for processing in its enclosed trans shipment hall – all emission free.

Wastepaper is an important raw material. “In Europe, 75% of paper is currently recycled,” explains Manuel Reinsch, Managing Director of Böhm-Entsorgungs GmbH. “In order to achieve such a high recycling rate, the raw material must first be sorted to ensure it is as pure as possible, dry, and free from contaminants.”

Böhm Entsorgung has built a large trans shipment hall where the containers with wastepaper that have been collected from printing plants, industrial companies and recycling centres can be unloaded and kept dry, whatever the weather.

Near silent, emission free operation

The electric wheel loader uses its shovel to pull apart the mountain of paper that has just been delivered and pushes the material in manageable quantities onto a conveyor belt which feeds the paper to the press.

The Volvo L25 Electric wheel loader moves almost silently around the hall – a fact that goes largely unnoticed over the noise from the conveyor belts and large presses. In this case, low noise operation was not a deciding factor for the purchase of an electric wheel loader. “For us, it was crucial that the wheel loader did not emit any exhaust gases because it is predominantly used in enclosed spaces,” explains Manuel Reinsch.

A commitment to minimizing carbon footprint

For this family-run recycling company, an environmentally friendly operation is important. At its state-of-the-art facilities, its 90 employees handle the recycling of waste and raw materials of all kinds, including paper, plastic and wood.

Solar panels on the hall roofs supply electricity to power the operation of the presses, shredders and conveyor belts – and now also for charging the firm’s Volvo L25 Electric. “Wheel loaders with an electric drive are an important step for us towards a climate-neutral future,” says Manuel Reinsch. A second electric wheel loader, the slightly smaller, more compact Volvo L20 Electric is already on order from Volvo CE.

With a battery capacity of 39kWh, the Volvo L25 Electric can work continuously for six hours before it requires charging. This is more than sufficient for one working day, as driver Christian Gorowoy determined within just the first few months of use.

Christian is enthusiastic about the performance of the Volvo L25 Electric. “Paper and plastic films are very heavy materials, but the Volvo L25 Electric can handle them effortlessly,” says Gorowoy. He also appreciates the manoeuvrability and good all-round visibility afforded by the machine.

And he is pleased that his employer is investing in climate-friendly technologies. “We all need to do something, for the future of our children.”

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