Running neck-deep inside a building that moves up to 800 tons of construction and demolition debris (C&D) every day is tough on a machine. Just ask Sun Services, a C&D recycling facility serving communities in the Beltway region of Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.
Maximizing uptime was top-of-mind for Sun Recycling partners Brian Shipp and Andrew Springer when they recently purchased a new SENNEBOGEN 818 M material handler from Midlantic Equipment. It was the third 818 they had purchased over a 14-month period.
Their facility, first opened in 2013, starting with a conventional fleet of wheel loaders and excavators. Looking for alternatives to load their new shredder, their wish list led them to consider replacing the excavator with material handlers.
"We wanted an elevating cab," Shipp recalls. "And we needed rotation in the grapple in order to pick out material that shouldn't go into the shredder." But a material handler that could live in the recyclers' extreme environment remained a top priority.
Serious about recycling
Shipp and his father Gary, first got in to the trash business with Springer in 2004. As their knowledge of trash hauling grew, their interest in new processes for recycling grew. Following a 5-year process of licensing and planning, they built the new Sun Recycling facility with the goal of sending no material to a landfill. With the success they've achieved, Sun Recycling is now able to offer LEED® credits to projects that use their services.
"We are serious about recycling; we don't just pay lip service to it," said Springer. "We believe recycling will only become more important. There aren't many companies recycling at our level."
Today, their facility receives 125 to 200 truckloads of waste material every day, six days a week. They deploy dumpsters and roll-off trucks throughout the DC region. Loads of construction and demolition debris, asphalt, dirt, metals, drywall, wood, carpeting, furniture and other waste materials are all dropped on the facility's tipping floor. Then, one of the 818s goes to work. The system runs flat out for 10 hours straight to process and sort the mixed waste into various recycling streams.