United States – US-based Penn Waste, a major waste and recycling company, has opened a new 9000-square-metre material recovery facility in Manchester, Pennsylvania. The single-stream MRF, manufactured by sorting equipment major Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), is claimed to be ‘one of the largest in the nation’.
According to BHS, the new equipment has ‘more than tripled’ the company’s processing capacity to 35 tonnes of recyclables per hour from 10 tonnes with the previous system. The facility features NRT optical sorting technology to separate materials ‘more efficiently, at a faster processing speed and with less contamination’.
In 2014, Penn Waste processed 81 000 tonnes of recyclables through its previous facility for an increase of more than 50% since 2010. Thanks to community education and this increased capacity, Penn Waste ‘hopes to double’ its 2014 recycling performance over the next few years.