Optibag's history

2017
Kalmarsundsregionens Renhållare (KSRR) and Halmstads Energi och Miljö AB (HEM) builds an Optibag sorting plant for two fractions.

2016
Optibag replaces the old walking floor in Tromsö and ads another walking floor in Eskilstuna

2015
Optibag builds the sorting plant in Skien. For the first time there is a capacity of 9 tons /hour and line. As a comparison the two lines in this compact plant have more total capacity per hour than the three lines together in Klemetsrud, Oslo.

2014
Optibag renovates both of the Apron conveyors at the sorting plant in Borås. In Södertälje a major capacity increase project is performed. In Tromsö a restoration of their Apron Conveyor, and a shift of Servo drives in 6 pushers, are performed. The plant in Bromölla gets a new control system installed.

2013
Optibag replaces the old walking floor in Södertälje with a new floor using steel profiles instead. At Avfallsservice in Sörkjosen Optibag installs a new control system including HMI and a new camera system. In Oslo both HUA and KUA have wind screens installed for separating heavy blue bags from the lighter ones. In Nantes, France, the sorting plant is rebuilt for increased speed along with a new control- and camera system.

2012
Tekniska verken I Linköping, Sweden, builds an optical sorting for two fractions.
In Öras, Dal Skog, 4 old pushers are replaced by 4 new ones. At Reno Vest, Sortland, a new receiving pit along with a new walking floor is installed. In Eskilstuna a solution with a bag opener straight under the pusher unit is installed.  Optibag installs a new control- and camera system at HAF, Mo i Rana.

2011 
At SHMIL, Reno Vest, FIMIL, VEFAS and Tromsö a new camera system is installed.

2010
Optibag receives a contract with Eskilstuna Energi & Miljö AB for optical sorting in six fractions and the plant is due for commissioning January, 2011.
Optibag assumes project management for the Klemetsrudnal plant in Oslo for delivery in 2011.

2009
Development of a new camera system is completed and delivered to Oslo and many other plants. The Optical sorting plant at Haraldrud, Oslo is built and inaugurated October 4th.

2008
Optibag signs contract with EnergiGjenvinningsEtaten (EGE) in Oslo municipality. The plant is the largest built to date with a total capacity of at least 150,000 tonnes with an option for a further 50,000 tonnes.
Optibag builds a new Enviflex line for the receipt and pre-treatment of organic waste to ACEA in Pinerolo, Italy.
Optibag builds a transfer hopper in Shmil.
Expansion of Optical sorting facility in Nantes, France.

2007
Oslo municipality selects Optical sorting for localized collection of household waste.
Optibag delivers Optical sorting plant to Montpellier, France.
Optibag delivers two plants for the opening of bags to Reno-Vest and Senja Avfall in Norway.
Expansion of Tromsø plant for sorting of two fractions.
Optibag renovates the previously delivered paper sorting plant at SSR in Ulsteinsvik, Norway.
Official inauguration of the London plant, the British capital’s first optical waste sorting facility.

2006
Optibag builds its first plant in France, located in Nantes, followed by a second at Montpellier.
An Optical sorting plant with integrated Envac-system inaugurated in Tromsø, Norway.
Plant in London commences production.

2005
Optibag breaks into the British market and in partnership with its agent, SFL Group, wins an order for five sorting plants for Shanks East London.
The Reno-Vest plant in Norway is redeveloped for the sorting of five fractions.

2004
Enlargement of our plants in Norway with additional diverter for sorting of plastics.
Bromölla local authority commences source sorting of three fractions with Optical sorting.
Tromsø municipality in Norway decides to build a waste centre with integrated waste suction and Optical sorting.

2003
Finnmark Miljøtjeneste AS. Lakselv, Norway. Source sorting in three fractions: food waste, combustible and residual. The combustible fraction is used in the production of fuel pellets.

2002
The first plant in Spain is supplied to the Ecoparc recycling facility, near Barcelona. Sorting of an orange bag with food waste for composting.
Optibag acquired by Envac Centralsug AB.
The first plant in Italy is commissioned at Pinerolo, outside Turin. Optibag’s sorting system is directly integrated with Enviflex pre-treatment which is subsequently connected to a biogas plant and composting system as well as a fuel pellet manufacturing facility.
VEFAS, Vestra Finnmark Avfallsselskap, Alta in Norway. Sorting of six fractions as well as manual sorting.

2001
Traab in Vänersborg, Sweden, builds a complete plant with biological treatment and biogas production. Optibag supplies a complete pre-treatment ”Enviflex” for food waste for biogas production.
HAF, Helgeland AvfallsForedling, Mo i Rana, Norway. Optical sorting of three fractions.
Telge Energi, Södertälje, Sweden. The first sorting plant with Optisoft control system: a simple, clear system with the capacity to integrate Quality Assurance work and service.
SHMIL, Søndre Helgelands Miljøverk, Mosjøn, Norway.

2000
Delivery of Optical sorting of five fractions to Avfallservice AS, Sørkjosen, Norway.
Delivery of Optical sorting of two fractions to Århus, Denmark, as well as a complete Enviflex plant.

1999
Optibag Systems AB company is established. Atle AB, an all- Swedish investment company, acquires the patent rights, name and design from Wahlquist. All personnel involved in the project are transferred to the new company that is located in Mjölby.

1998
Delivery of the first two plants to Norway, Reno-Vest i Sortland and ØRAS, near Gardermoen.

1996
Falu municipality choose Optical sorting with three fractions and represents the introduction of colour sorting.

1994
Delivery of the existing Optical sorting in Borås. The first plant where Optibag participated in the delivery of treatment equipment for the organic fraction. Bag openers, screens and composting plant.
Delivery of Optical sorting to Vetlanda.

1993
The first Optibag plant in Finland is built for Ekorosk Oy in Jakobstad (Pietarsaari).

1990
The first Optibag plant is commissioned to test the concept in a whole community. It is built for two fractions, black bags for organic waste and white bags for residual waste. From now on, the concept is marketed under the Optibag name and manufactured by Wahlquist Verkstäder AB in Ödeshög.

1989
The first test is conducted in Borås by Larsson of Borås renhållning. Wahlquist delivered the first transport equipment to the test plant.

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