by Anna Dutko Rowley
More counties across the county are embracing the single-stream recycling trend. Late last year, Lycoming County (PA) Resource Management Services (LCRMS) opened a new 60,000 square-foot.
LycomingCounty (PA) Resource Management Services (LCRMS) opened a new 60,000 square-foot single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Pennsylvania.The MRF can sort and bale up to 20 tons per hour. Attendees visit the new MRF at an open house.
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to process recyclables from single-stream collections. LCRMS serves counties in northeastern Pennsylvania including Lycoming, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder.
“While creating a five County solid waste plan, it became apparent that the communities wanted more recycling. Couple that, with local haulers already offering single-stream recycling to its customers. LCRMS recognized the shift from disposal to more convenient recycling at the curb as a priority,” said Jason Yorks, Lycoming County Resource Recovery Manager.
The MRF, which is adjacent to the Lycoming County Landfill in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, can sort and bale up to 20 tons per hour of comingled recyclables. Officials say when the facility is running at full capacity it will be able to serve an even larger area.
Green Machine manufactured and installed Lycoming’s equipment, including a fully automated container sort line that includes four Green Eye optical sorters. A grant from the Carton Council also helped to purchase one optical sorter that will sort aseptic gable top containers.
LCRMS is satisfied with the performance of the MRF equipment. “The equipment has its normal start up issues to work out but overall it has performed very well.From the installation crew to the support crew for follow up. Green Machine has exceeded all expectations”, said Yorks.
MRF Processes Single-Stream Materials
Green Machine manufactured and installed the recycling equipment at the MRF. Final polishing screen that remove any remaining fiber and is then sent to the fiber sort line.
Recyclable material supply is made up of residential drop off, curbside single-stream along with some commercial/Industrial. Materials that are processed at the facility include OCC, Old Newspapers, low grade fibers, Tin, Aluminum, PET bottles, HDPE natural and colored bottles, Aseptic/Gable tops, Mixed Rigid Plastics, and Plastic Film. All single-stream material is collected at the curb by private haulers and LCRMS provides the pickup for drop-off sites.
Like most single-stream MRFs, the material comes in and is dumped on the tipping floor, and then a loader dumps it into a metering bin. The material is then conveyed up to a Presort line where all the bags are broken open, all metals and mixed rigid plastics are pulled out.All bags that are pulled off are put through a vacuum system to a bunker for baling.
The first of five star screens separate out the OCC from everything else. “As the Screens do their job we then have two streams of material, fiber and containers. Fiber will go directly to the finish manual sorting line where we get out small OCC, any plastics that may have made it up the through the screens and all other non-Newspaper material. The News will then go off the end of the sort line,”said Yorks.
Containers go through four Green Eye sorters a magnet, and an eddy current. The optical sorter picks out PET, HDPE natural, HDPE colored, aseptic and gable tops containers. LCRMS moves its. material through weekly pricing from a list of brokers, who provide the trucking.
Stable Markets For Recyclables
Markets for recyclables are currently stable, said Yorks.”Our markets have been stable for the most part for some time now. I do see a drop in plastics and a small decline in the fiber, but as I remind my staff about pricing, it’s not always about the best price, it may just be as simple as ‘can you move it?’ like plastic film. Most of us remember the pricing during the recession of 2008 and 2009 and we really don’t care to go back to those days ,”explained Yorks.
“One of the issues related to the markets and brokers is the incredible shortage of trucking available, especially when it comes to domestic loads. Our export containers are usually less sensitive to the seasonal produce movement or paper mill shut downs,” he added.