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August 2007

Allied Waste unveils newest material recycling technology

Allied Waste unveiled state-of-the-art recycling technology at its redesigned material recovery facility in Plano, Texas. Among the innovations incorporated into the recycling facility is computer-controlled infrared technology that recognizes and separates various types of plastics without human intervention. Materials processed at the Plano facility are shipped to more than 100 mills across the globe.

Allied Waste, one of the largest recyclers in North America, opened its Plano recycling center at 4200 E. 14th Street over a decade ago using what was then leading-edge technology. Combined with its recycling facility in south Dallas, Allied Waste facilities serve the 24-county area in the north central Texas region.

Across the country, Allied Waste’s recycling efforts result in an estimated saving of 20 million trees, five billion kilowatt hours of energy, and 8.5 billion gallons of water each year. From its 53 recycling centers across the nation, nearly two million tons of recyclables are removed from the waste stream.

Allied was one the first to apply what is termed “single-stream” technology, making it easier and more convenient for the public to participate in recycling collection programs.

“We’re very excited to launch the new technology at the Plano facility - the most efficient that is available,” said James P. Lattimore, district manager of Allied Waste. “Four different manufacturers contributed to the overall synchronized system of conveyor belts, a drum feeder, various sized separation screens, variable speed motors, overhead cross-belt magnets and an Eddy current separator, a device that uses reverse polarity to separate aluminum from the waste stream.”