Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing, screening and washing equipment, has supplied crushers for development work on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, where an estimated US$18.7 billion is being invested.
Construction work has already begun in Cuiabá, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where Powerscreen® Metrotrak and XA400S models are crushing demolition waste to produce materials for new stadiums and roads. According to Ayres de Azevedo Barreto from the contractor ‘Detronic Construction,’ "one of the contracts was scheduled to take six months, but the job was concluded in just four due to the high capacity and performance of Powerscreen’s tracked crushers." Powerscreen manufactures a wide variety of portable tracked equipment, which can be operational in less than 30 minutes and are self-propelled by diesel engines. A selection of additional features allow the crusher range to be adapted to meet the demands of even the most challenging applications.
Previously, operators in Brazil favoured static plants, which had to be used outside of urban centres and therefore away from demolition sites. With Powerscreen® equipment offering a versatile and mobile solution, the material can now be processed on site allowing operations in previously inaccessible areas. One key benefit of this approach is that it eliminates pollution and heavy truck traffic. There are also financial benefits with the equipment generating revenue from the sale of recycled materials produced.
The recycling of construction and demolition waste is being treated as a high priority following the adoption of national solid waste policy legislation in 2010. This law assigns shared responsibility for waste management between companies and public authorities. The Brazilian government has said that recycled materials will contribute to a forecast US$104 billion in increased economic activity surrounding the 2014 World Cup, meaning there is considerable room for growth in the sector.
The crushing plant used at the World Cup sites is supplied by Powerscreen’s official dealer in the country, Simplex Equipamentos LT, a manufacturer and distributor of fixed and wheeled crushing and screening equipment with over 25 years of local experience.
Powerscreen’s mobile solutions help ensure that recycling construction and demolition waste is an expanding practice and revenue stream for operators in the sector.