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Optical sorting helps Ontario county surpass recycling goals

Optical sorting helps Ontario county surpass recycling goals
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Above, from left: Karl Allen, Northumberland County MRF plant manager,
and Matt Risko, Machinex sales representative for eastern Canada

Northumberland County in Ontario installed an Mach Hyspec optical sorting unit on the container line of its material recovery facility (MRF) in 2015, and as of the August 2016 production report, the unit was showing positive numbers, according to a news release issued by Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex, which supplied the equipment.

Machinex installed a the optical sorter for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in April 2015 at the Northumberland County single-stream MRF in Grafton, Ontario. Previous to this installation, PET was sorted manually at the facility. The purpose of the project was to increase the cost effectiveness, diversion and optimization and rationalization at the MRF, which processes 15,000 tons of recyclables annually.

Based on these objectives, the primary focus was to update the processing equipment to optically sort PET, improve safety conditions for employees and reduce operating costs. The county requested 95 percent sorting efficiency on PET and a minimum processing rate of 4 tons per hour for containers. The Mach Hyspec exceeded the targets by reaching an average rate of 97 percent efficiency, Machinex says.

The MRF has increased PET diversion by 66 percent and is showing an annual savings of $360,000.

In addition to diverting more PET, Northumberland has seen an increase in diversion of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to 8 percent, mixed plastics to 30 percent, aluminum cans to 9 percent and polycoat containers to 95 percent because the new equipment allows for less PET items to remain on the sorting belts, which increases sorters’ ability to pick other items. Overall, this project has increased the diversion of all containers by 39 percent, Machinex says.

More tons are recovered and marketed, while labor costs and residual disposal fees have been reduced and injury claims have been eliminated, the supplier says. The overall payback period for the capital investment of this project is 2.5 years.

Karl Allen, Northumberland County MRF plant manager, says, “After two full years of operating the Machinex Mach Hyspec optical sorting equipment, we are amazed at its continued performance output and low operational downtime.”

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Source: Recycling Today
Optical sorting helps Ontario county surpass recycling goals
<![CDATA[Above, from left: Karl Allen, Northumberland County MRF plant manager,and Matt Risko, Machinex sales representative for eastern CanadaNorthumberland County in Ontario installed an Mach Hyspec optical sorting unit on the container line of its material recovery facility (MRF) in 2015, and as of the August 2016 production report, the unit was showing positive numbers, according to a news release issued by Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex, which supplied the equipment. Machinex installed a the optical sorter for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in April 2015 at the Northumberland County single-stream MRF in Grafton, Ontario. Previous to this installation, PET was sorted manually at the facility. The purpose of the project was to increase the cost effectiveness, diversion and optimization and rationalization at the MRF, which processes 15,000 tons of recyclables annually. Based on these objectives, the primary focus was to update the processing equipment to optically sort PET, improve safety conditions for employees and reduce operating costs. The county requested 95 percent sorting efficiency on PET and a minimum processing rate of 4 tons per hour for containers. The Mach Hyspec exceeded the targets by reaching an average rate of 97 percent efficiency, Machinex says. The MRF has increased PET diversion by 66 percent…

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