In Florida a new 40,000 tonne per year single stream material recycling facility, designed and installed by Eugene, Oregon based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) for the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), has begun operations.
The equipment manufacturer explained that at the core of the MRF are BHS screen and NRT optical technology to recover more than 95% of the available recyclables. Recovered glass is purified with a Nihot glass cleanup system which is said to allow ECUA to maximise profitability from this fraction.
In addition automation and support capabilities including a BHS Total Control™ system and NRT Connect™, have been installed to enable the plant to automatically report on system performance and send proactive alerts to the operations team and BHS Total Support™ technicians.
Also installed is BHS’ Metering Bin Liberator Class, equipped with bag-ripping teeth to release bagged materials and facilitate effective downstream separation.
The new MRF is a component of ECUA’s comprehensive recycling plan. In addition to its voluntary recycling program launched in 2009, the Authority also recycles yard waste through a bio-solids composting operation, provides weekly bulk waste collection and a weekly bulk recycling program on a call-in basis, all as part of its regular residential solid waste collection service.
“Building this facility has been instrumental in eliminating our reliance on outside contractors for the processing of this region’s recyclables,” explained Steve Sorrell, executive director of ECUA.
ECUA serves more than 75,000 customers in Escambia County and 21,000 in neighboring Santa Rosa County, all of which are offered recycling pickup along with regular waste services. The $10.6 million project is instrumental in helping the ECUA advance its recycling program.
“Now, we can focus on what’s really important: keeping recyclable materials out of the landfills and putting them to good use once again,” concluded Sorrell.
BHS director of sales, Ted Pierpont added: “Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to use recycling bins with confidence in the knowledge that materials will be efficiently sorted and directed to nearby manufacturers and other markets.”
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