Premiere at Augsburg OPEN - Augsburg residents find out about the bifa environmental institute
The engineer Bernhard Hartleitner first showed how raw materials are obtained and explained their availability. It quickly became clear that many elements will not be available on the Earth forever or will have to be separated from existing products first by expensive means. The technical processes required for this are developed at bifa and elsewhere. bifa also advises companies on how they can manufacture their products with more careful use of resources.
The discussion on correct waste separation and why the different bins can make sense was met with particular interest. bifa was able to refer to projects it was currently working on for the City of Augsburg. These projects involve the potential of recyclable materials and how it can be used better.
The second part of the programme dealt with the practical side: In the technical centre a pilot sorting system was used to demonstrate how it sorts materials by their colour, material composition and physical property. In a separating table test the visitors experienced how electric scrap is broken down into its plastic and metal constituents and what technical process is involved.