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Trigon Plastics’ Baled Plastics Recovery Facility in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania

Trigon Plastics opened its plastic recovery and recycling facility one year ago and is now processing in excess of 35 million pounds of post-consumer scrap plastic annually. Owner James Allgyer has developed a full service approach which includes Optical Container, Flake sorting, shredding and wet granulation producing profile extrusions, pelletizing, Gaylord and super sack fill stations along with bulk truck silo loading. We’ve been successful thus far but see two areas for advancement: One, upgrading our 3-7 plastics through additional optical sorting,
and two, generate a source of high-volume low-cost, mixed-plastics to satisfy our growing business.

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We are upgrading our low-grade 3-7 plastics through additional optical sorting. Our GREEN EYE®Optical sorting systems are capable of sorting any commodity we train them to. We are adding a wider 84” higher volume GREEN EYE unit on the front of our system to increase our PET production allowing our existing (three) 60” wide GREEN EYE’s to then sort higher volumes of HDPE, Colored HDPE and now utilizing our last unit to sort #5 plastics. The remaining plastics are blown into a holding bunker where we could run those low-value plastics through the same GREEN EYE’s to further sort out 3,4,6,7’s. Low-grade mixed plastics are difficult to monetize, but when separated, they become more valuable.

We are now deploying a GREEN MACHINE® 20 TPH single-stream processing plant adjacent to our plastics recovery plant. We designed this plant to accept both single-stream and loose commingled containers. Our current GREEN MACHINE container processing system already handles our container stream so all we needed to add was the front end fiber GREEN SCREEN® Systems. Trigon Plastics will now be able to accept mixed bales of plastics, loose plastics and locally collected single-stream materials to separate, sort and produce a final recycled product all at one site. We believe that this full circle approach enhances our bottom line through the elimination of secondary brokers and costly trucking expenses.

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In late 2018, New Jersey recyclers demanded that local governments remove mixed #3-#7 plastics from their curbside collection programs, which resulted in little change in those tonnages received. Tiffanie, of G&F Recycling located in Newark, NJ, understood that they couldn’t justify placing manual inspection sorters on the line to remove low value plastics, while avoiding added disposal costs. Tiffanie requested that Green Machine look into performing R&D on their existing GREEN EYE Hyperspectral Optical Sorter to improve their #3-#7 plastics sorting.

G&F had recently deployed a high capacity GREEN EYE to sort their high volumes of PET plastics, while their existing five-year-old GREEN EYE was placed after the new sorter to process all their HDPE plastics. In an effort to solve G&F’s problem, Green Machine set out to program G&F’s preexisting GREEN EYE to positively sort out all the #3-#7 plastics, while leaving the large HDPE plastics for hand sorting further down the line.

Green Machine’s optical engineer specialist, Neal Eason, led the field R&D endeavor. Neal says, “Green Machine’s patented GREEN EYE Hyperspectral Optical Sorter is essentially a high-speed spectrophotometer utilizing patented hyperspectral artificial intelligence. The machine can be trained to differentiate and separate a wide range of different plastic polymers, as well as other materials, individually or all at the same time. Giordano’s GREEN EYE is now programmed to sort #3-#7 plastics and a variety of other materials.”

Neal went on to explaining the results, “The enhancements made on their optical sorting system were so outstanding that Giordano’s GREEN EYE is currently able to produce highly marketable bales of #3-#7’s (see picture below). This reduced their labor and cut down their residue disposal costs. This feat is rarely accomplished in the recycling industry today. Now, Tiffanie and her father Pat need to decide whether to open the gates on #3-#7s”.

Green Machine’s patented GREEN EYE Hyperspectral Optical Sorters have now successfully added #3-#7s to the long list of materials they’re capable of identifying and separating including; SOP, OCC, newspapers, fibers, plastics, wood, textiles, aggregates, ASR, e-scrap, and more!

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