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Lorain County recycling complex triples capacity

—The Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex

Republic Services, Inc. installed technology upgrades at its Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex in Ohio, demonstrating their commitment to the local community and environment.

“Through expansion and redesign, this impressive complex uses advanced sorting equipment to identify and separate materials, increasing efficiency and maximizing recycling efforts,” said Eric VanHouten, general manager of Republic Services in Elyria.

The upgrades involved retrofitting the complex with advanced technologies that enable more efficient and cleaner sorting processes, as well as minimizing the amount of residual waste. The newly upgraded complex has been designed to run at 35 tons per hour. It has the capacity to process as much as 150,000 tons of recyclables per year, nearly triple the previous capacity.

Technologies throughout the complex have been upgraded to include custom manufactured and installed conveyors, separation screens, magnets, eddy current operators, optical sorters and balers. In addition, the complex added 12,000 sq.ft. of new warehouse space.

As a result of the upgrades, the complex now accepts additional types of recyclables, most notably all plastics marked with numbers 1 through 7. Paper products, cardboard, glass, aluminum and steel are also accepted. Materials are processed into finished commodities that can be recycled into new items, and are later shipped to markets around the country and overseas.

The Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex serves customers from Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.