ASR (Auto Shredder Residue) fines, as referred to in the US or “Shredder-heavy fraction/shredder-light fraction”, in Europe, is the starting material thanks to which previously unattainable recovery rates can be achieved. The success story of the recovery of non-ferrous metals (<12 mm) in the treatment of shredded cars and white goods is remarkable.

What emerged in late 2015 from the cooperation of the leading manufacturer of recycling technologies JÖST GmbH + Co. KG and its American partner Best Process Solutions, Inc. (BPS), continues with the production of complete treatment plants at many other locations in North America.

A key factor here was the systematic, worldwide patent- pending interaction of the system components for the JOEST long-particle separators, flip-flow screens, sifters and separation tables. This is optimally combined with the RecoverMax® Separator from BPS for the separation of mineral components.

Success in 6 Steps

Efficient system design which manages with confined space.

Only the efficient system design results in a very high treatment rate of recyclable fine metal. The recycling process starts with the concentration of long copper cables through the JOEST Long Part Separator. This is followed by the screening of the fraction 0-12 mm with approx. 4 mm in the JOEST Flip-Flow Screen TOPCILLA.
Both the fraction 0-4 mm and the fraction of 4-12 mm are each fed to a JOEST K-Sifter. The K-Sifter, combination of sifter and separation table, is compact and uses the same process air, thanks to which the exhaust air volumes are considerably reduced. At the aspiration flange, the ultralight material is sucked off, whereas the heavy material passes to the separation table and is fed to a new separation process according to density. Subsequently, the separation of the remaining organic components and the plastic takes place at the separation table.
The heavy material fraction, consisting of mineral and metal, is fed from the separation table into the RecoverMax Separator from BPS. The worldwide patent pending process separates the mineral components from the heavy fraction. In the following recycling process, a drum magnet removes residual magnetic components from the metal fraction.
Another screening machine classifies the remaining fraction into three sizes.
Each size of the material stream then passes to a JOEST Three-Way Separation Table to separate the remaining, digested light particles. Here, the different material sizes are treated in parallel in the three chambers.
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Maximum Metal Recovery

From feed stock to final product incl. optical sorting


Feed Stock

ASR fines < 12 mm


3 – 12 mm

Non-ferrous metals (after throughput optical sorting < optional)


3 – 12 mm

Other metals (after throughput optical sorting < optional)


0 – 3 mm

Heavy metal concentration


Compact system concept with modular design

2 tons

RecoverMax® System

5 tons

RecoverMax® System

10 tons

RecoverMax® System

Success has many reasons

„Less wear and tear with high energy efficiency, best metal recovery rate with 98% purity — the result of a partnership with long-term experience and application know-how between JOEST and BPS in scrapped car recycling.“

Dr. Marcus Wirtz, Managing Director

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5 tons RecoverMax® System


10 tons RecoverMax® System


10 tons RecoverMax® System


5 tons RecoverMax® System

RecoverMax® Advantages

Best rates in recycling, energy consumption and wear


maximum metal recovery with a purity of > 98%

Best ROI

lower operating and investment costs than previous systems


compact system concept with modular design


three systems 2, 5 and 10 tons per hour


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Together, BPS and JOEST have managed to achieve market leadership in the USA. JOEST is licensee for the RecoverMax-machine and the RecoverMax-system for Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and South Africa.


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