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​SWANA awards Penn Waste for retrofitted recycling system

BHS-supplied system features updated NRT and Max-AI technologies; retrofit accomplished in nine days

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Penn Waste has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category. The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference, WASTECON, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.

Penn Waste is receiving the award for its York, Pennsylvania, 45-tph single stream system retrofit. The 2017 retrofit, provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), boosted capacity 130% to 45 tons per hour. It also added NRT optical sorting technology and a Max-AI AQC robotic sorter (Autonomous Quality Control) to improve container recovery and purity. The improvements resulted in a facility able to process 18,000 tons per month with more than 98% uptime and capturing 98% of recyclables. Penn Waste said that the company did not lose a single ton during the speedy retrofit and has since been running at 100% capacity with lower operating costs. 

"We continue to invest in technology to boost throughput, recovery and purity," said Amanda Davidson, director of marketing.  "The complete retrofit took only nine days. The results have led us to continue to expand our reach in what have become turbulent market conditions." 

SWANA's Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.   

Watch Penn Waste's system in action below and hear about the retrofit.

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  • Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

    3592 West 5th Avenue
    Eugene , OR
    US , 97402

    Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Pleasant Hill, CA). BHS is also the home of Max-AI™ technology, a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world - and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry. 

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  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

    1100 Wayne Avenue Suite 650
    Silver Spring , MD
    US , 20910

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