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Single Stream Recycling – A Mixed Recyclables System processing at 50,25,12 TPH

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McLeod County Solid Waste and Recycling is a municipally operated facility in Hutchinson, Minnesota.

One of the biggest issues with collecting recyclables is that they must be sorted. This drives up collection costs and is one of the main reasons many people do not recycle. It’s simply too time-consuming to separate news print, cardboard, office paper, tin, aluminum, glass, and plastic into individual containers. In order to eliminate the need to sort recyclables before they are collected, Green Machine® has created the most efficient method of recycling: single stream recycling.

  • Artificial Intelligent Hyper Spectral
  • The patent-pending Artificial Intelligent Hyper Spectral imaging system created by Green Machine® is unparalleled in the area of mixed recyclables. The company’s dedication to building the recycling industry’s most durable and efficient equipment for the lowest upfront capital expense can be seen once again in the single stream recycling technology developed for mixed recyclables recycling.

  • Automatically Separate Fiber Materials
  • Green Machine’s® patent pending processing systems utilize state of the art technology which automatically separate fiber materials from container streams and then further separates those commodities reaching the world’s highest paying commodity markets.

  • Additionally many Green Machine® single stream recycle system designs are capable of simultaneously process mixed commercial and industrial dry waste.
  • Our Innovative design technologies offer both low cost and highly automated recycling solutions that enable cost effective efficient dual- stream recycling conversions.

8-10 Tons Per Hour Single Stream Recycling System

20-40 Tons Per Hour Single Stream Recycling System

40-&0 Tons Per Hour Single Stream Recycling System

Processing 8-10 Tons Per Hour Single Stream Recycle System

Single Stream Recycle System Processing 20-40TPH Tons Per Hour

Single Stream Recycling System Processing 40-70 Tons Per Hour

  • Removing The Need For This To Be Done Manually
  • Green Machine’s single stream recycling system uses state of the art technology to automatically separate the recyclables, removing the need for this to be done manually. Recyclables are first placed into large metering bins that hold huge amount of items. They are fed into a presort line that removes all of the plastic bags via a system of pneumatic collection tubes. Large ridged plastic items and other large pieces that cannot pass through the single stream recycle equipment are also removed.


  • Single Stream Recycle System so Effective
  • What makes the single stream recycling system so effective is that it makes use of a number of different methods to sort materials. Magnets, optical container sorters aluminum eddy current systems, and ballistic air separators are all utilized to quickly separate the various recyclables. Once sorted and cleaned, similar recyclables are baled into compacted cubes or placed into shipping containers to be shipped to domestic or overseas markets.

    Single Stream Recycle Equipment

    Single Stream Recycling

    Single Stream Recycling By Chris J McBrien

    Making the Move to Single Stream Recycling


    What's a curbside without a traditional-looking curbside recycling container sitting on the edge? With many cities making the switch to single stream recycling and distributing 2-wheeled carts, the curbside container may become a thing of the past. Single stream recycling allows all materials, whether it is paper, plastic or glass to be collected in the same container. Once collected at the curb, these recyclables are transported to a special facility equipped to sort through the items by both humans and machines, then baled and prepared for market sale.

    So why make the switch? For starters, single stream recycling is very easy for residents to understand and use. If a single stream facility is a possibility for your city, the switch can increase your participation rates by taking the guesswork out of recycling and increasing your overall diversion rates. In addition, collection costs are reduced by using single-compartment trucks which are typically cheaper to purchase and operate as they can be used for larger loads - allowing for fewer trips to the recycling center.

    What will residents require for single stream recycling? Typically, a 65 gallon, 2-wheeled recycling cart is given to each resident to place at their curb for recyclables collection. But how are they collecting their materials inside? It is unrealistic to expect residents to walk each individual item to their cart as needed. There are many under-the-sink recycling bins that work perfectly to collect contents prior to emptying into a cart. It is important to choose a recycling container with a small footprint and a sturdy handle for easy transport. Since this is a new program, educating your participants is important! Choosing a container that is able to be custom-stamped with the "acceptable materials" is a good idea and will assist in lowering chances of contamination.

    How are you going to spread the word? Let everyone know that change is coming their way! Many cities will distribute a mail-out indicating that their program has evolved and that positive change is in store for them. This mail-out may announce the arrival of their new cart and indoor collection bin as well as instruct residents as to what they may do with their now unneeded curbside bin. A list of "acceptable materials" may also be included to help get a jump start on educating participants on how they will need to change their recycling habits. Another great promotion strategy is incorporating a handy giveaway with the mail out. There are miniature roll out carts that act as pen holders which are often used to promote the change to single stream recycling. They are able to be custom stamped with useful information such as program launch date and perhaps an informational phone number or anything you desire.

    Look for feedback. Once your program has launched be sure to listen to the concerns of your residents. Encourage them to come forward with any questions or helpful tips they may have or need. At the end of the day the more people taking part in your program the better your diversion rates and landfill lifespan will be.

    Increasing recycling rates by switching to single stream recycling is cost-effective and easy for residents to understand. Now that is recycling made simple.

    Chris McBrien is a writer focusing on recycling and sustainability. For more information on recycling container solutions, please visit Busch Systems.

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