Paper banknotes for briquetting

Ever wonder what happens to the paper banknotes that the bank takes out of circulation? There are many possibilities, but one option is to turn them into briquettes!

Banks around the world produce brand-new paper banknotes every year, and sometimes, older banknotes are removed from circulation and need to be disposed of.

When you recycle retired banknotes, you not only give them a new purpose but also provide valuable fuel for industrial boilers.

At C.F. Nielsen, we've previously worked on projects involving the conversion of paper banknotes into briquettes for industrial boiler fuel.

Bank Notes as Raw Material

You might wonder how this is possible

Although it may not be the most visually appealing briquette, it's entirely feasible to create briquettes that hold together, offering several advantages. Briquetted money burns more efficiently than if it were not briquetted, is easier to store, and can be fed into boiler systems more conveniently.

This transformation is made possible on the C.F. Nielsen mechanical press, equipped with modern technology and a driven piston that moves back and forth with 270 strokes per minute is the foundation for the briquetting process that makes this work. Then furthermore with the application of heat, the natural binders present in the paper used for banknotes are released, acting as a natural "glue" that binds the shredded paper banknotes together. 


If you have a similar project, OR if you would like to know if your waste is suitable for briquetting and
can bring value to you and your company. Then don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will get
back to you as soon as possible.

Finished money – waste is cut off for briquetting


Normally, money is not treated as a waste; however, for FNMT (Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre) in Spain, who among others produce bank notes, it is important to treat the waste very carefully.

FNMT produces bank notes, passport paper and adhesive and non-adhesive stamps. All wastes are carefully weighed and disposal needs to be recorded. They needed a machine with enough capacity and flexibility to produce briquettes from the different types of raw material.


Talk with a briquetting expert about how you can add revenue to your business.
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DK-9574 Baelum
Tel: +45 9833 7400

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