Boessenkool’s DeSpray nominated for Sustainable Innovation Award

Machinefabriek Boessenkool has been nominated for the international Sustainable Innovation Award with their DeSpray installation. Their innovative product can fully recycle millions of spray cans yearly.

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In short

  • 18 billion spray cans per year end up at garbage dumps
  • The DeSpray installation can entirely separate liquids, gases and metal, converting them to 100% renewable raw materials

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Contributing in a circular economy

The DeSpray installation can separate liquids, gases and metal, converting them to 100% renewable raw materials, regardless of the type and contents of the spray can. Hair spray, lubricating oil or paint, all of them can be recycled.


Boessenkool’s fully self-developed and built recycling system turns a waste problem into a business model by compressing large quantities of spray cans. The resulting blocks of aluminium can be melted for reuse, and the extracted gases and liquids can be used as fuel. 

18 billion spray cans wasted per year

Potential customers are multinationals such as Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, producing a large part of the 18 billion spray cans ending up in garbage dumps every year. Millions of new spray cans are wasted as well. They never even reach the customer because of production errors. 


Boessenkool already won the European Aerosol Federation (FEA) Sustainability Award in October. At the Pollutec 2018 from 27 to 30 November in Lyon, the winner of the Sustainable Innovation Award will be announced.

Recycling, renewable energy and e-motion

Boessenkool contributes to the Global Goals with not just the DeSpray installation but many more products. Boessenkool is part of the Osse Group, a group of innovative industrial companies that contribute to a circular economy through recycling, renewable energy and e-motion. Examples of other smart and sustainable products are an electrical tractor (MultiToolTrac), a mega cargo drone (Drone4Emergency) and a flywheel (S4Energy) able to able to absorb and smooth out current and frequency peaks in electricity networks or at electro-intensive factories. Additionally, this flywheel can be used to store energy. Combined with batteries, the flywheel can contribute significantly to the energy transition.

Date: 23 November 2018 |

Source of tekst: Boessenkool |