Processes

Our sorting process is structured in several stages. Every day we process approx. 40 tons of used textiles in one shift operation, where we produce up to 200 articles. The individual working steps are controlled and supported by the management. As a certified company, it is quite natural to ensure a smooth operation and a consistent quality of the produced products.

Incoming Goods

Firstly, the process starts with the unloading of the trucks. The truck is weighed by using a calibrated scale. The goods are manually filled in provided boxes and separated from obvious interfering substances.

These data are recorded in the IT-system and enable the traceability of the origin and quality of the goods.

Pre-Sorting

Pre-sorting takes place at 18 tables. At this stage, products which are suitable for reuse are pre-sorted in about 40 categories. In so doing, the sorter assesses the quality and decides on their usability. All other items are already sorted for recycling, which are then directly pressed.

Fine-Sorting

Considering various criteria such as quality, type of material, fashionable aspects, the articles are dedicated to their further destination. Of course, customer requirements play an important role. Overall, we create about 25 further grades, so we can offer a large product range of about 200 articles.

Packing

After sorting, the products are packed in bags or pressed into bales depending on the quality.

  • Plastic Bags (10-30kg)
  • Big Bags (50-100kg)
  • Small Bales (40-110kg and number of pieces)
  • Large Bales (400-500kg) for recycling qualities

All bales and sacks are labeled with the content, weight (and, if applicable, with the number of pieces). IT-system supports warehouse management.

Outcoming Goods

Loading takes place directly from our warehouse by a forklift truck or for smaller units by hand. We can load the following standard transport units:

  • Shipping Containers
  • Truck
  • Small Transporter

The loading is carried out according to the order and loading list, which are reconciled with the weight of the transport units. This documentation also forms the basis for billing and stock changes.

Our sorting process is structured in several stages. Every day we process approx. 40 tons of used textiles in one shift operation, where we produce up to 200 articles. The individual working steps are controlled and supported by the management. As a certified company, it is quite natural to ensure a smooth operation and a consistent quality of the produced products.

Certificates

A neutral third party checks the quality of our services annually.

TÜV NORD CERT supervises us based on the Laws of Life- Cycle Management and the Ordinance on Specialized Waste Management Companies. ALTA-West is successfully certified for “storing and treatment of used textiles and textile waste”. Because of the certification you can be confident that our company fulfills all legal requirements for our services.