Sherbrooke OEM’s says their lastest dry commercial waste recycling line, designed and built for Capitol Recycling, located in Hartford, CT, has set a new standard in the industry. The retrofitted system has a special finger screen that replaces the traditional OCC screen. The downtime from material wrapping around the rotating shafts is completely eliminated, and a pre-sort conveyor before screening is no longer needed. Processing capacity is also increased while reducing the overall required manpower.
The Capitol Recycling plant was originally processing fibre and was upgraded by OEM in 2011 to process a wider range of material types. The retrofitted sorting line can now process dry commercial waste as well as commercial and residential single stream material.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.