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Single stream recycling center opens in New York

Single Stream Recycling in New York

In October 2012, a state-of-the-art single stream recycling center opened for business in the growing southern tier of New York. A local family-owned waste company, Taylor Garbage Service, Inc., and their subsidiary company Southern Tier Recyclers, collaborated to develop the facility, which is operated by Southern Tier Recyclers. The 30,000 sq.ft. single stream recycling facility was formally unveiled during an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony and began full operations then.

The facility includes both mechanized and hand sorting for maximized material recovery from the waste stream. The specialized sorting and identification equipment created by Green Machine, Inc., allows the plant to process up to 25 tons per hour of mixed recyclable materials. One highlight of the sorting equipment is the unique Green Eye (patent pending) optical vision system. It collects three-dimensional information on a molecular level. This process allows the facility to see through outer wrappers, identify unique molecules and colors. The high speed processor collects information at conveyor belt speeds up to 900 FPM achieving never before seen throughput rates with 99 percent accuracy. Information on unwanted items is collected simultaneously with information on desired material. This enables the Green Eye to block those undesirables from air ejector miss-hits achieving clean pick rates, and in most cases, eliminates the need for post sorting.

The advent of this facility will allow for expansion into new territories and the opportunity to bring recycling to areas that do not currently enjoy a recycling program of any kind.

The Taylor family was instrumental in bringing recycling to the southern tier of New York and aided Tioga County and other local counties in creating a thriving recycling program that has been a benefit to the local economy and ecology.

The company anticipates at least a 20 to 30 percent increase in customer participation with the switch over to a no-sort curbside pickup of recycling. The new facility and shift to a no sort collection are great assets to an area that already enjoys one of the best recycling programs in the U.S.