Tags
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling

Up to speed in Saskatoon

Loraas Recycle is using a Bollegraaf system to process single-stream materials at over 20 tons per hour

On the job at the Loraas MRF, recycle manager Dale Schmidt, with supervisors Clayton Ludba and Ryan Divall.
On the job at the Loraas MRF, recycle manager Dale Schmidt, with supervisors Clayton Ludba and Ryan Divall.

Based out of Saskatoon, Loraas Disposal Services is Saskatchewan’s largest privately-owned full-service collection, transfer, landfill and single-stream MRF operator. Bruce Loraas founded the company in 1965, which now employs over 200 people. 

Prior to 2012, when the company’s recycle plant manager Dale Schmidt started, he worked in the mechanical and operational fields in various industries, including the steel cable/rigging sector. Schmidt moved directly into the recycling side of Loraas’ business, working at the full-scale single-stream MRF facility – Loraas Recycle - the company opened in 2011. He started as a floor supervisor, in charge of all the equipment, as well as shipping and baling. From there, he moved on to the operations supervisor position and then eventually became the recycle plant manager. “The range of experiences that I had in the past allowed me to move ahead quickly and really work well within the MRF environment,” says Schmidt. 

BRINGING THE LORAAS RECYCLE MRF ONLINE
The Loraas Recycle MRF was built on the foundation of All Green Recycling, a newsprint and cardboard recovery operation that operated through the 1990s. Schmidt explains how the transformation from a strictly paper recycling facility to a full-scale, single-stream MRF came about. 

“As the times changed, there was demand for a more comprehensive recycling program that included household plastics and metals,” he explains. “So in order to meet the needs of the surrounding communities, in 2011 All Green Recycling was changed to Loraas Recycle as a division of Loraas Disposal. We purchased a full, single-stream recycling system from Van Dyk Recycling Solutions who provided us with a complete Bollegraaf set up. We were then able to expand our collection to surrounding areas, and we now have the capability to process 5,000 to 6,000 tons of single-stream material monthly.” 

Since the initial installation, Loraas Recycle, through their ongoing relationship with Van Dyk, added two TITECH (now branded TOMRA) optical sorters, which have helped them significantly in achieving their current high levels of productivity.

“The first TITECH optical sorter in our line captures any bits of fibre, usually three-dimensional material missed by our star screens, keeping it out of our residuals. The second TITECH machine helps sort out plastic, and uses a specialized sensor to capture aluminium. After it’s sorted, it is baled using a single-ram Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler, and shipped out of our facility to end markets.”

Along with their TITECH sorters, Schmidt says they have quite a few pieces of equipment that enable them to achieve solid processing times. “We process about 20-22 tons per hour on average, and only beverage containers and high-end plastics – about 5 percent of our material – is hand-sorted,” he says. Other equipment supplied by Van Dyk that has provided great efficiencies for the Loraas MRF include multiple star screens, a ferrous magnet, and a specialized piece of equipment called a “paper magnet”. 

“Our paper magnet uses a perforated belt that has a vacuum system hooked to the back side. The overs from the ONP stars fall through and they get thrown against this perforated belt. From there, all the nice, one-dimensional paper gets stuck and brought over to the ONP side. Everything else then continues down the line.” 

Schmidt says that since 2011, they have been able to streamline their system to be able to push out their high capacity per hour, have cut their labour costs with respect to hand sorting, and still have a good, clean, marketable product. He adds that it is due to the quality of their machinery, that there is less residual material they have to send to landfill. 
“The less residual we have off the line means more material that we are diverting, the less that’s going to landfill, and the less we’re having to spend to send it to landfill.”
With respect to incoming materials, Schmidt says about three-quarters is actual single-stream material, which includes Mixed Paper, OCC, as well as one through seven plastics, tin, and aluminium. Outside of this, materials are sourced from ICI streams (industrial, commercial and institutional waste) including a good deal of cardboard from customer bins and compactors. No source-separated material goes through the MRF’s sort line. 

“For source-separated material, we dump it on the floor separately, and then we bale it right away. So we don’t even run it through the sort line. We run it straight out through the baler.”

Schmidt adds that additional pieces of technology they do not have, but which he would love to add to his arsenal would include an Eddy Current Separator. “It would just help sort our aluminium a little better. I would also like a few more TITECHs and be able to specify each one to a certain product.” 

EDUCATING FUTURE RECYCLERS
Part of Loraas’ growth and success with respect to their single-stream MRF has to do with the company’s public education initiatives. The focus of this aspect of the business revolves around the Loraas Education Centre, and the focus audience for the most part is school-aged children. 
Schmidt says they see lots of students from area schools coming through for facility tours; in fact – close to one class per day. Loraas’ overall public educational focus is aimed at schoolchildren because, he says, they will take what they learn home with them and ‘teach’ their parents about recycling. 
“By focusing on educating schoolchildren, they’re going to go home and hopefully ask questions like: ‘Why did you throw this contaminant in the recycle bin?’ and ‘Why is that recyclable in the garbage?’

“We have found that the better you understand your local MRF, the better recycler you can be,” says Schmidt. “So trying to teach the kids so they can go home and basically help spread the word, that’s been our primary goal with our education centre.” 

He adds that it’s been well-received by community groups and area schools. “A lot of the schools often use it as either the prequel to, or for the end of their unit on the subject of recycling, which is great.”

ADAPTING TO THE SINGLE-STREAM MODEL
According to Schmidt, being a single-stream operation has meant that recycling is much easier for their surrounding population of residences and businesses, which means higher levels of participation. He says it really gets rid of the confusion of multi-stream with respect to what goes where. 

“Previous multi-stream models that we had in the city didn’t do as well,” says Schmidt. “People found it confusing. It was too much work, and they didn’t want to participate. 
“Once our single-stream facility became available to the province, we’ve found that people are happier with how easy participation is.” 

The challenge with single-stream however, he emphasizes, is with contamination. 

“At first, general categories for recyclables, to some of the participants, seemed vague,” he continues. “To combat this, we’ve been working closely with our customers. We’re not just a city program collecting residential curbside materials. We collect ICI recyclables as well. So we’ve been working with businesses to better educate them about what is recyclable and what is not. We bring them in for tours when they have any questions.” 

He says that as far as contamination of the residential stream goes, it does come mostly from household garbage and kitchen waste. “Unfortunately, we see a lot of diapers. For some reason, people think that those are recyclable. Yard waste can also be challenging during the summer. When people are cleaning up, they tend to throw a little bit of non-recyclables in the recycle bin. And sadly, we do get a lot of needles, which can pose a safety hazard to our employees.” 

However, with respect to overall contamination of their incoming stream, Schmidt does believe it’s getting better than it was five years ago. “When single-stream was fairly new, I don’t think people truly understood what it was all about. As the years have gone by, with educational programs, with the information that is out there, and with increasingly clear signage for collection bins and trucks, the stream has cleaned up. We have certain times of year where it gets a little crazy, during spring cleaning, for example. For the most part though, it looks better year to year, month to month. We see the differences. As time goes on, people are learning a skill. I think the general population actually cares a little more now as well.”  

GROWING DEMAND FROM COMMUNITIES IN NEED
Over the years, Loraas Recycle has seen demand for their services grow in different industries and they have seen an opportunity to help out other communities in Saskatchewan relieve some of the stress on their landfills through diversion of waste. 

“We can help out, not just with diversion from our landfill, but from other landfills,” says Schmidt. “People want to do the right thing, and they need a company to step up and help them do the right thing. That’s kind of where we came in when we started our MRF.”

For the near-future at Loraas Recycle, Schmidt says he expects the next few years will be business as usual. “There’s always going to be the objective for further expansion in the province, helping out smaller communities and giving them more access to our program. A lot of the smaller communities in Saskatchewan are starting to lose their landfills, or they’re being trimmed back, so they really have to start recycling more. Besides the potential of expansion to more communities in the province, he points to increased organics diversion as a logical next step in building up provincial diversion rates. 

At the Loraas Landfill (Schmidt is not directly involved) they do currently shred clean wood waste in order to maintain landfill air space. Using a recently purchased Doppstadt 3060-K single-shaft shredder, wood waste they do receive is either composted or used as an intermediate landfill cover. 

“We certainly see an increased demand for organics management – to divert it from the landfill,” Schmidt says. “Saskatchewan is a little behind the times on this front. Increasing organics diversion is on our radar, and it’s probably going to be the next big challenge to solving waste in this province.” RPN

  • The Loraas Recycle MRF uses TITECH optical sorters, supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, for capturing paper, plastics, tin and aluminum.
    The Loraas Recycle MRF uses TITECH optical sorters, supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, for capturing paper, plastics, tin and aluminum.
  • Inside the Loraas single-stream recycle plant, from left, Clayton Ludba, line supervisor, Dale Schmidt, recycle manager, and Ryan Divall, floor supervisor.
    Inside the Loraas single-stream recycle plant, from left, Clayton Ludba, line supervisor, Dale Schmidt, recycle manager, and Ryan Divall, floor supervisor.
  • Loraas’ educational centre is regularly visited by school groups where kids are taught about how material recovery facilities work, and about what should and should not be thrown in recyclable collection bins.
    Loraas’ educational centre is regularly visited by school groups where kids are taught about how material recovery facilities work, and about what should and should not be thrown in recyclable collection bins.
  • Loraas Disposal, which serves the company’s landfill as well as the MRF, is comprised of over 60 trucks, including side-load, front-load and roll-off trucks.
    Loraas Disposal, which serves the company’s landfill as well as the MRF, is comprised of over 60 trucks, including side-load, front-load and roll-off trucks.
  • Working the pile at the Loraas Recycle MRF with their Volvo wheel loader.
    Working the pile at the Loraas Recycle MRF with their Volvo wheel loader.

Company Info

Latest News

Tags
Industry News

Builtrite and SAS Forks announce strategic alliance at ISRI 2017

At ISRI 2017, from left: Adam Lindley, GM and Paul Secker, president of SAS Forks, with Tom Cavallin, Builtrite president, and Bill Van Sant, executive chairman of Builtrite Holdings board of directors.

TJM Capital Parners, through Builtrite Holdings, LLC, has announced its investment in SAS of Luxemburg, Ltd, as of April 4, 2017. SAS Forks, a leading producer of auto dismantlers, processors and material handling attachments, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Builtrite Holdings, and will continue to operate from its manufacturing facility located in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Paul Secker, son of the company’s founder, will continue to serve as SAS’ president and the company will work in alliance with Two Harbors, Minnesota-based Builtrite Manufacturing, sister company to SAS Forks and also a wholly owned subsidiary of Builtrite Holdings.

Read More

Tags
Industry News
Metals Recycling
Plastics Recycling

ISRI Names EcoStrate Winner of the 2017 Design for Recycling Award; presents Lifetime Achievement Awards

Awards at this year's ISRI 2017 convention were presented to EcoStrate for Design for Recycling, and Crawford Carpenter for Lifetime Achievement in the industry.

On April 27, during this year's ISRI Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, the organization announced EcoStrate as the recipient of the 2017 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for its ability to create composite plastic products from 100% post-consumer, high-polymer content scrap materials that are difficult to recycle. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

Read More

Tags
Metals Recycling

Fuchs MHL370 F material handler built for tough, high-capacity handling applications

The new Fuchs MHL370 F material handler expands the Fuchs product line and marks an entry in the 120,000-lb (55 mt) class of high capacity machines. Built for high production in large scrap operations and port applications throughout North America, the new MHL370 handler boasts heavy counterweight and a massive undercarriage with 17.9- x 20.6-ft (5,440- x 6,270-mm) outrigger stance to offer excellent stability and high lift capacities at extended reach. The new Fuchs handler delivers higher lift capacities than competitive units in this class and a 14.5% increase in lift capacity over the Fuchs MHL360 F handler at full 59.9-ft (18-m) boom extension.

Read More

​New Study Reveals Strong Economic Impact of U.S. Scrap Recycling Industry

(New Orleans, LA) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released a new Economic Impact Study revealing that the industry accounts for nearly half a million jobs in the U.S. and generates more than $116 billion annually in economic activity. The study was performed by the independent consulting firm of John Dunham and Associates to explore the size and scope of the scrap industry in the U.S., and measure its significant contribution to the economy in terms of employment, tax generation, and overall economic benefit.

Read More

Tags
Organics Recycling
Wood Recycling

McCloskey responds to worldwide growth with investments in new facilities and dealers

Screening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International has continued its expansion over the past three years, with close to 35% growth overall, increased market share, major investments in its manufacturing facilities, and the introduction of a new division. In lockstep with this growth was the addition of over 30 dealers to the global distribution network.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

​Emterra Group again named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the second consecutive year, Emterra Group has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The acknowledgement is granted by Mediacorp Canada in its Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The announcement, made annually as part of Earth Day celebrations was published in The Globe and Mail. Emterra Group was the only organization in the recycling and waste management sector to be recognized for this award.

Read More

Genesis announces cloud-based attachment performance monitoring

Genesis Attachments announces Pulse Technology, the first-of-its-kind, cloud-based attachment performance monitoring system. Using integrated sensors throughout both hydraulic circuits, Pulse Technology delivers live diagnostic measurements for critical functions including jaw pressure, jaw circuit oil temperature, bi-directional rotation pressure, rotation circuit oil temperature, and rotational speed and flow.

Read More

Tags
Tire Recycling

From tires to clean crumb rubber, to granulate and fine powder

Granutech's integrated tire processing system.

Vinh Ngo, the owner of Ideal Rubber Industries Corp., based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), has been decisive on many fronts. He opted to work with Granutech-Saturn Systems shortly after he set up his recycling operation in 2009, and has subsequently retained Granutech-Saturn as his key vendor in establishing a tire processing system that allows him to convert scrap tires (including large format and OTR tires)  into high-quality crumb rubber and powder in a multi-step phased approach. 

Read More

Tags
Metals Recycling
Organics Recycling
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling
Solid Waste

New L538 wheel loader from Liebherr developed for demanding applications

Liebherr's new L538 Wheel Loader is Tier 4f/Stage IV emission regulations compliant and is one of the three models representing the new generation of mid-size loaders. During Conexpo, Liebherr showcased the new L 538 mid-size loader with a Z-bar linkage for standard applications. The L 538 has a respective tipping load of 20,945 lb and a bucket capacity of 3.4 yd³. The three models comprising the new generation of mid-size loaders are: the L 526, L 538 and L 546.

Read More

Tags
Wood Recycling

Capitalizing on an opportunity

When landfills throughout the United States and Canada began banning yard waste dumping in the 1990s, entrepreneurial-minded individuals carved out new businesses for themselves by opening yard waste transfer stations and compost facilities to collect grass clippings, sod, leaves, as well as tree branches, limbs and logs. Collecting all this material was a new way of making money, but the real opportunity was in taking someone else's waste and turning it into a useful product. 

Read More

Tags
Electronics Recycling
Fleets & Technology
Metals Recycling
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling
Tire Recycling
ELV Recycling

Recycling industry returns to New Orleans for scrap sector’s largest gathering

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industr, will hold ISRI2017, the association’s annual convention and exposition April 22-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This annual event brings together thousands of scrap recycling professionals, industry experts, manufacturers, and consumers from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. There they will discuss the latest in the global scrap recycling business and evaluate the state-of-the-art equipment, products, and services used by the industry.

Read More

Tags
Electronics Recycling
Fleets & Technology
Metals Recycling
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling
Tire Recycling
ELV Recycling

Mobile App launched, scrap database unveiled and specs updated

April 20, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced the release of an updated version of ISRI Mobile with enhanced communication features. Users of the iPhone and Android apps will now have the ability to receive customized notifications and more detailed alerts pertaining to the recycling industry.

Read More

Tags
Organics Recycling
Solid Waste
Composting

IPL lands a major contract for organic carts with the City of Calgary

IPL Inc., a North American producers of injection-molded plastic products, has announced that it has won a major contract for providing organic wheeled carts to The City of Calgary, Alberta. The contract, worth 13 million dollars, includes key production and delivery of 325,000 organic rolling carts intended for the implementation of a new composting program beginning in summer 2017 in all single-family homes of the city.

Read More

Tags
Metals Recycling

​FUCHS to unveil award-winning purpose-built cab and show MHL320F and upgraded MHL370F material handlers

Fuchs will exhibit at ISRI 2017 from 22 – 27 Apr, 2017 in New Orleans, La. in booth A21. Two machines will be on display: the upgraded MHL370 F material handler with an iF Award-Winning Fuchs cab and the model MHL320 F (shown here). Commenting on the line up Jon Van Ruitenbeek, Business Line Director for Fuchs in North America, said the features and solutions on these machines enable customers in the four core segments scrap, waste, forestry and port industry to operate efficiently and boost return on investment and will be the center of attention.

Read More

Tags
Wood Recycling

​Bandit Color Max Colouring System Now Available For Beast Horizontal Grinders

Bandit’s new enhanced Color Max colorizer system is designed to create beautiful coloured landscape mulch from waste wood. According to Bandit Industries, their Color Max colourizer system is a quick, efficient, cost-effective system that outperforms all other colouring systems, creating the highest quality coloured mulch faster and with lower operating costs.

Read More

Tags
Wood Recycling

Ties 2 cuts energy costs by $400,000 in first year with CBI stationary system

Going from $4.50 a ton to $1.00 a ton is significant when your business processes 150,000 tons of railroad ties a year, and that’s exactly what Ties 2 accomplished by upgrading to their CBI electric stationary system. Last year, Continental Biomass Industries custom designed and installed an electric stationary system that grinds 600 – 800 tons of railroad ties on a daily basis for Ties 2. 

Read More