Green Machine® proven technology is key to your Plastic’s Reuse/Recycling operation

Green Machine® proven technology is key to your Plastic’s Reuse/Recycling operation

Processing recycled plastics can be a lucrative endeavor. Ensuring you can process extremely clean and efficiently sorted plastic material is necessary to ensure recycled plastic streams maintain the highest value for resale as compared to new plastic. PRF’s process recovered scrap or waste plastic and reprocess the material into useful products, often in completely different in form from their original state. Whether you’re mining PET, HDPE or other plastics for your process, the sort can be accomplished using Green Machine Sorting Technology enhanced by Green Machine’s Green Eye Optical Sorters.  Better equipment equals greater profitability for your company.

The process of plastic recycling includes melting down used plastics and uses the material for casting products such as plastic chairs and tables. These recyclables are then re-introduced into the main production operation. This closed-loop operation has taken place since the 1970s and has made the production of some plastic products among st the most efficient operations today.

Compared with lucrative recycling of materials, such as glass and metal, plastic polymers recycling is often more challenging because of low density and low value for particular materials. There are also numerous technical hurdles to overcome when recycling plastic.

For example, when different types of plastics are melted together, they tend to phase separate like oil and water, and set in these layers. This causes structural weakness in the resulting material limiting the application of the polymer blend.

Another barrier to re-use is the widespread use of dye, filler and other additives in plastics. The polymer is generally too viscous to economically remove fillers, and would be damaged by many of the processes that could cheaply remove the added dyes. Additives are less widely used in beverage containers and plastic bags allowing them to be recycled more often. Yet another barrier to removing large quantities of plastic from the waste stream and landfills is the fact that many common but small plastic items lack the universal triangle recycling symbol and accompanying number. Sorting by hand can be difficult or impossible.

This explains why proper sorting using Green Machine® proven technology is key to your Plastic’s Reuse/Recycling operation. Separate what you need for your operation, whether it be polymer, polymer additives, or color or we can efficiently and effectively sort based on your process requirements.

 

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Our State of the Art Recycling Equipment

Our new equipment can process 600 tons of recyclable materials per week. Those materials might otherwise have ended up in Seneca Landfill. While landfills are necessary and have many benefits, their space is limited and certain materials do not break down quickly. Recyclable materials linger in landfills, taking up valuable space, for years or longer.

By processing more materials with greater accuracy, we help ensure that plastics, metals, paper and other recyclable materials are able to be reused instead of wasted. This saves space in the landfill as well as conserving natural resources used to make consumer goods.

 

How Does It All Work?

Loading Recyclables into the Green Machine

Here, a front-end loader deposits mixed recyclable materials from both residential and commercial sources into a dual-side feed metering bin system.

TC Recycling facility | Loading Recyclables into the Green Machine

 

 

Elevating and Pre-Sorting

The material is then deposited upon an in-feed system which elevates the materials up to a pre-sort mezzanine area. Sorters manually remove heavy metals, plastic bags and rigid plastics from the stream.

TC Recycling facility | Elevating and Pre-Sorting

Cardboard Removal

The Green Machine OCC Separator system is designed to remove large bulky cardboard from smaller mixed containers and small fibers. The bulky cardboard is then deposited upon a post-sort conveyor where sorters perform a manual post-sort, removing any non-brown, non-cardboard materials. Cardboard is later baled and shipped for processing.

TC Recycling facility | Cardboard Removal

Paper and Fiber Removal

The material which passes through the OCC stream is deposited upon a Green Machine polishing system, which separates fibers (such as paper) from containers. The fibers rise to the top of the stream and are deposited upon a post-sort conveyor, where inspection sorters remove any non-fiber material. Clean paper and fiber materials are later baled and shipped for processing.

TC Recycling facility | Paper and Fiber Removal

Mini Polisher and Glass Breaker

The mini polisher system takes the material which falls off the major polisher for a secondary cleanup, helping to remove the balance of the fibers from the containers. The containers fall off the bottom of the stream, and then travel across a glass-breaker system, where glass is removed and fiber is then also removed from the glass product. Clean glass is deposited outside in a bunker for daily landfill cover or glass recycling.

 

TC Recycling facility | Mini Polisher and Glass Breaker

Ballistic Bounce Separator

Again, containers removed from the bottom of the mini polisher stream are deposited upon a glass breaker, where fines are removed. Those containers are then transported to a Green Machine ballistic bounce belt separator, where fibers and 2-D materials rise to the top of the separator and containers fall off the bottom. Containers and non-conforming fibers are manually removed from the stream.

TC Recycling facility | Ballistic Bounce Separator

PET and HDPE Removal

Then, HDPE sort system removes all of the high-density polyethylene plastic bottles, such as laundry detergent and milk jugs, for post-sort.

TC Recycling facility | PET and HDPE Removal

Aluminum Removal

The eddy-current separator removes all aluminum UBCs (used beverage cans) from the waste stream.

TC Recycling facility | Aluminum Removal

Material Separation and Storage

Bunkers holding sorted, clean materials are automatically discharged, flow to a baler feed conveyor which then flows to a final processing/baling system.

TC Recycling facility | Material Separation and Storage

Baling Materials

The baler makes highly densified bales of product, tying them with wire for transportation via truck. Although this is the last stage in the process at the TC Recycling facility, the materials we process go on to be used by our customers to create new products.

TC Recycling facility | Baling Materials
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PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS OPENS SINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREA

Progressive Waste Solutions Opens Single Stream Plant In Tampa Area

PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS OPENS SINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREA
PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS OPENS SINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREASt. Petersburgh FL, Progressive Waste Solutions has recently opened a new Materials Recovery Facility in the Tampa area. The newly commissioned system is designed to process both Residential Single Stream and Commercial Dry Waste recyclable materials. Progressive Waste Solutions system was designed and manufactured by GREEN MACHINE® a New Hampshire based company which also manufactures in Upstate, New York. The manufacturer’s President, John Green, says, “We are pleased to now have a presence in the fast growing Florida market. We hope that the success we’ve experienced in the Tampa area will open doors for more projects for GREEN MACHINE Contracts with Hillsborough County mandated that our customer start processing within a tight time frame from the award of contract. We are proud to say we met Progressive’s contractual obligations”. Jonathan Abrams, Manager of Waste Diversion Initiatives for Progressive Waste Solutions was pleased with his choice in vendors. Immediately following Green Machines successful throughput acceptance test Mr. Abrams said, “I am happy the performance of the Green Machine System. We estimate that our throughput exceeds the design capacity and the end product quality is very clean.
SINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREASINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREASINGLE STREAM PLANT IN TAMPA AREA

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Green Machine Upgrades County Waste Facility in Virginia

Green Machine Upgrades County Waste Facility in Virginia

Green Machine Upgrades County Waste Facility in Virginia

Scott Earl, president of County Waste – stated; County Waste of Virginia purchased an existing recycling facility in Virginia in March 2014. At the time of the acquisition of this recycling facility, we realized that the existing system was inadequate for our long term needs. Our previous company, County Waste (Clifton Park, NY) had selected Green Machine to build a 30+ ton per hour single stream recycling facility located in Albany, New York back in 2010. Based upon our previous great experience with Green Machine, we sole-sourced selected Green Machine to retrofit, modify and build a new single stream recycling system for our newly acquired recycling facility in Virginia.

Now that we have the experience of having our new single stream recycling system up and running in Virginia, we can tell you the following:

  • The new system was up and running 3-4 weeks SOONER than promised
  • The new system came in right ON budget, with no material change orders
  • The new system is producing QUALITY end product baled recycled material
  • The tonnage per hour throughput of the system is DELIVERING as promised

I am a very hard person to please. However, what else can I say about Green Machine other than our Company received equal to or better than we bargained for on every key perimeter of purchasing and operating a new recycling system.
Green Machine got the job done for us and I give them my highest recommendation.

Scott T. Earl,
President and CEO

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Pet Optical Sorter Green Eye

Industry’s Cleanest and Fastest Pet Optical Sorter Green Eye

Green eye® patent pending optical sorting systems deliver the industry’s cleanest pet pick rates. Manual post sorter/inspection is unnecessary with our revolutionary technology. Our pet optical sorter system collects molecular information 3-dimension ally.

This technology allows for the selection of exactly the product desired while simultaneously blocking undesirables. We see through outer packaging wraps, block aluminum, paper and select the exact commodity grade your market requires. This surgical extraction of desirable is accomplished at accelerator belt speeds of 700 + FPM and tonnage throughput of 10 TPH with our 60″ wide sorter. Every green eye® optical system is capable of virtual. Identifying virtually any material grade such as but not limited to all plastic grades, metals, fibers, wood products, aggregates, glass and more. Our material sort test facility is ready to prove our technology with your hard to recover recyclable commodities. Contact us for a demonstration and economical system retrofit quote.

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News FLASH!

Green Machine has been awarded US Pat. No. 9,950,346 for Its Hyperspectral Green Eye Optical sorting systems. Our Hyperspectral Imaging system has become the recycling industries preferred technology for the collection of spectral information used in identifying and classifying the widest range of recyclable materials. Green Machine pioneered this technology in 2007 and coupled with its existing Canadian Patent #2,688,805 has achieved exclusive rights for all recycling applications throughout North America for this technology.

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Residents, Hauler and Lycoming County

SINGLE-STREAM PLANT OFFERS ECONOMIC ‘WIN’ FOR RESIDENTS, HAULERS AND LYCOMING COUNTY

SINGLE-STREAM PLANT OFFERS ECONOMIC ‘WIN’ FOR RESIDENTS, HAULERS AND LYCOMING COUNTY

Residents, Hauler and Lycoming County

Lycoming County (PA) Resource Mgmt. Services (LCRMS) has celebrated the grand opening of its $5.3 million GREEN MACHINE® single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) and the subsequent launch of a new regional recycling program called One for All.

According to Jason Yorks, Lycoming County recycling coordinator, Green Machine’s engineers provided his county the best design melding existing dual stream assets with state-of-the-art singlestream technology. Mr. Yorks says, “The new single-stream MRF allows area residents and businesses the convenience of mixing all their recyclables together while offering a wider range of collected recyclables, including Nos. 1 through 7 plastics and aseptic gable-top containers, such as juice and soup cartons.”

The 60,000-square-foot 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. The participating counties in northeastern Pennsylvania include Lycoming, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder. 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 the aseptic gable top containers.

“This single-stream recycling initiative is truly an economic ‘win’ all around—for residents, haulers and Lycoming County,” says Lycoming County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland. “You can recycle more items more easily while saving money through this open-market competition model. This program is one more economic boon for our area, showcasing what good planning,partnership and stewardship is all about.”

In early 2014, LCRMS and the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College conducted a survey of residents in the region to gauge their knowledge and perception about single-stream recycling. The findings showed 76 percent in favor of the process for reasons that included convenience, simplicity and environmental responsibility. The majority of respondents also suggested they would recycle more frequently if the process was introduced and would switch waste haulers if another offered the service. In June 2014, based on these findings, Lycoming County commissioners granted approval to purchase the GREEN MACHINE® System.

“It simply makes good sense to support recycling and waste reduction efforts that are making a tremendous difference across the commonwealth,” says state Sen. Gene Yaw said. “The fact that this initiative both achieves those goals and adds convenience to our residents is highly commendable. I applaud the efforts of Lycoming County and their willingness to serve a larger region with this recycling/waste reduction initiative.”

Participating waste haulers will provide individual collection bins for homeowners. Those haulers will now pick up unsorted recyclable materials from residents’ homes and will be paid by the county for the recyclables. Lycoming County’s 27 recycling drop-off sites also will continue to operate.

“With this new facility and program in place, we’ll now be able to preserve valuable landfill space, increase our capacity, have a more cost-effective, convenient way to recycle and hopefully improve local recycling participation,” Yorks says. “For residents, it’s a more convenient way to recycle, and for haulers, it’s an opportunity for business. We see it as a win-win.”

Residents, Hauler and Lycoming County

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Winter Bros. Waste Systems CT

WINTER BROS. WASTE SYSTEMS CT

WINTER BROS. WASTE SYSTEMS CT

The Winters family has been in the waste hauling and recycling business for three generations, having built and sold multiple companies in New York and New England. The family’s latest enterprise, Winters Bros. Waste Systems CT LLC, has locations in Danbury and Shelton, Conn. The Shelton location houses the family’s new GREEN MACHINE® single-stream and dry waste processing system.

Sean Winters, vice president of Winter Bros. Waste Systems CT, says, “Our family has worked with GREEN MACHINE ® on multiple equipment projects at our Long Island, N.Y., company prior to selling to IESI. They definitely build the heavy-duty equipment our marketplace demands.” Bill Brennan, vice president of transfer and recycling for Winter Bros. Waste Systems CT, says, “GREEN MACHINE’s installation crews worked through Superstorm Sandy and the Nemo Blizzard, ensuring a timely system startup, meeting our processing contract demands. They’ve been great about providing a continuous maintenance presence on site while we learn how to operate the system and work out all the bugs. John’s company has exceeded even our expectations, which gives us tremendous capacity to grow our Western Connecticut recycling business.”

John Green of GREEN MACHINE® says, “The Winters’ dual-level building site provided us with many challenges. With much help from Bill and the Winters team, we successfully turned those challenges into advantages. This system is one of our smartest, most functional designs to date. This was a real team effort.”

Joe Winters, CEO of Winters Bros. Waste Systems CT, indicates that the community is happy to see its materials processed locally, expanding the job base. “The Winters family looks forward to growing our latest enterprise in
partnership with Connecticut municipalities, residents and businesses,” Joe says.

Winter Bros. Waste Systems CT

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Mcleod Minnesota Single Stream Recycling

mcleod minnesota single stream recycling

McLeod County Solid Waste and Recycling is a municipally operated facility in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, said the county determined there was a public and private need to convert the county’s existing dual-stream recycling program to single stream. The county contracted with the consulting engineering firm Burns and McDonnell, Bloomington, Minnesota, to complete the design-build for the project and find a vendor that could best convert the county’s existing dual-stream system to single stream within its budget.

Robert Craggs (pictured below at right), solid waste and resource recovery manager at Burns and McDonnell, says, “The engineers at Green Machine devised a unique system design that incorporated all of the existing dual-stream equipment within their single-stream system upgrade. Their design efficiencies greatly enhanced their system cost and met the counties available budget.”

Donnie Hopp (pictured below at left), McLeod County material recovery facility (MRF) manager, says he is pleased with the single-stream system’s performance.

He says the volume of material the MRF is processing has increased by 20 percent since the county converted to single-stream recycling in the spring of 2015, adding that residents have responded well to the change and are keeping contamination at a minimum.

Hopp notified buyers of the MRF’s sorted recyclables that the county was switching to a single-stream system because he “didn’t want them to be surprised,” he says. “They haven’t even noticed that

we have moved to single stream.” The county receives premium pricing for its baled recyclables, Hopp adds.
The MRF continued operating throughout the installation of the new single-stream system from Green Machine because the county didn’t want to lose revenue and had no place to stockpile collected recyclables, Hopp says. “The installation was not easy and straightforward,” he adds.

Despite the challenges associated with this situation, Hopp says, “We were operating at promised production rates within one week of commissioning on schedule. The Green Machine system started up with very few hiccups.”
He adds, “We are now accepting both municipal and private hauler collected single-stream and industrial and commercial waste.”

John Green, president of Green Machine, says, “I feel that one of our strengths is our willingness to integrate existing site conditions and equipment into a simplistic system design. Cost savings realized through use of existing equipment enabled the deployment of new a metering bin feeder system, Z-Pan infeed system, presort, two-deck OCC screen with postsort, glass breaker, eddy current and single-sided container sort with automation of existing bunker systems.”

Hopp was impressed that Green, as the president of the company, took the time to visit the facility. “He was great to work with,” he says.

Regarding Green Machine and Burns and McDonnell, Hopp says, “I would definitely work with them again.”

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