A materials recovery facility (MRF) receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. “Clean” MRFs accept recyclable commingled materials that have already been separated at the source from municipal solid waste generated by residential or commercial sources. A “dirty” MRF accepts a mixed solid waste stream and then sorts out recyclable materials via manual and/or mechanical methods. Regardless of the scenario, the sorting equipment involved plays a significant part in the efficiency of the overall process.
The CP Group is comprised of CP Manufacturing, Krause Manufacturing, MSS, IPS Balers and Advanced MRF. Each division represents different expertise and strengths, but work together as a team. Ashley Davis, marketing manager, commented, “With over 150 years combined company experience, we have the experience to provide results the industry demands – durable machinery, advanced technology, unsurpassed purity and exceptional customer service.”
There are 400 plus material recovery facilities around the globe built by CP, and product examples include single stream recycling, municipal solid waste (MSW), waste to energy front-end separation, construction and demolition, commercial and industrial, e-waste and single commodity systems such as paper, plastics and metals.
“Our material recovery facilities provide the industry with the highest throughput rates, highest uptime, lowest maintenance, highest recovery rates, highest diversion rates, safest and most energy-efficient equipment, and the most marketable end products,” stated Davis.
CP equipment includes conveyors, disc and trommel screens, optical sorters, balers, supervisory control and data acquisition and intelligent motor controls, and air classification systems. The firm offers everything necessary to build a material recovery facility for almost any material type.
“As much of the industry leans toward MSW material mixes, we have stayed ahead of the technological curve to provide the most advanced systems and equipment. Our experienced design team will work directly with operators and customers to customize a system to find the best possible solution to recover valuable commodities. CP technology is field-proven in diverting waste from landfills which may also include utilizing a front-end separation system combined with energy conversions such as refuse derived fuel (RDF) and others,” Davis noted.
Davis said there are a number of emerging waste-to-energy technologies that produce RDF and energy from municipal solid waste. CP systems provides a way to recover valuable commodities from the waste stream and prepare the residue for efficient conversion before entering the waste to energy system – even when the most demanding performance objectives are involved.
Hustler Conveyor Company designs, manufactures and provides complete solutions for sorting recyclables in municipal programs. “As an industry leader for more than 50 years, we ensure that safety and reliability are always a top priority when it comes to engineering and constructing our equipment,” Cody Gonzales, sales associate, said.
Hustler provides heavy duty equipment for sorting systems that include drum feeders, OCC/paper/fines screens, eddy current separators, platforms, magnets and sensor sorters. Drum feeders consist of a large hopper, metering drum and heavy duty steel belt design. The large capacity hopper requires fewer man hours for loading. It allows the operator to fill the hopper and then continue other tasks as the machine feeds material evenly for more efficient sorting.
“We also provide an adjustable drum to process different size material. The OCC/fines screens have heavy duty steel discs with a double deck design, and variable speed. Our unique design provides a longer life and increased agitation for optimal separation. Paper screens have a polyurethane split disc design with adjustable spacing for better separation and longer life. The paper screens have an adjustable angle and variable speed which enables the flexibility to run different materials and tune for optimal performance,” stated Gonzales.
He also noted an industry trend toward increasing the purity of the product sorted, and making sorting systems safer.
Gonzales said, “By engineering our separating equipment to have the flexibility to adjust to and accommodate, each customer’s material mix, we provide equipment that provides a purer end product. Safety is a top priority when designing and constructing our equipment and we meet or exceed all OSHA safety standards.”
Machinex manufactures a wide range of equipment utilized to separate recyclable commodities from one another. Markets for these types of technologies include single stream, dual stream, construction and demolition, true single stream (dirty MRF), MSW to RDF and various other applications such as composting.
Chris Hawn is North American sales manager. “Products we manufacture include, but are not limited to, OCC screens, news screens, finishing screens, ballistic separators, trommels, optics, balers, eddy currents, magnets and a wide variety of application specific conveyors. Obviously we don’t offer a specific product or products, rather a true system engineering/design and manufacturing shop. Turnkey systems are our strength, and complete flexibility and redundancy are features that our equipment and designs encompass. All equipment allows the flexibility of control to accommodate the material composition or fluctuation in moisture content as an example,” Hawn stated.
He said the firm’s most popular product is their ballistic separator. The unit is quickly becoming recognized by users as a low maintenance product that can accommodate the separation of various flat and round materials in numerous positions in a plant, based upon the required capacity. It is most commonly used in the replacement for conventional finishing/polishing screens, which involve rotating shafts and replacement discs and is maintenance intensive.
“As a vendor, we attempt to foresee market challenges and address them in our system design. Commodity quality is a growing issue in our market, but really has always been an important focus. Each user has their own quality concerns in regards to a specific commodity, and it is up to us as vendors to provide solutions that ensure the recycling industry can maintain marketable products,” Hawn said.