Act&Sorb is the first company to have developed a sustainable and value-adding process for re-cycling MDF. Using a pyrolysis technology, MDF waste is converted into high value activated carbon that helps provide our planet with clean air, clean water and clean soil.

How we recycle MDF into high-value carbon

  • Collection of production and end-of-life non-recyclable MDF waste
  • Waste is optimised through grinding, sieving and mixing
  • MDF waste is converted in a coal like substance called char
  • During a second burning, the char is converted into activated carbon
  • Carbon is given bespoke treatment in line with customer requirements

 Why the process is sustainable

  • Non-recyclable MDF waste has been successfully converted into valuable activated carbon
  • Excess heat is re-used or converted into green energy

More ways in which we add value

Cutting costs for wood furniture producers and waste collectors - The current market price for disposing of MDF waste is up to €90 per ton. Act&Sorb will take the waste at lower costs, thereby offering a significant cost reduction of their waste stream.

Lowering the cost of making our planet cleaner - Our technology yields at least 33% more activated carbon from MDF waste than from fresh wood. This allows us to bring high-quality activated carbon to the market at a much lower cost.

Using waste to make the world cleaner and greener

Our ambitions go beyond turning MDF into a value-adding product. Our aim is to continue to find innovative and unique solutions for turning all non- or hard to recycle wood waste into high value raw materials and energy. In fact, our aim is to create a world where waste replaces fossil based materials.


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