Single Stream Recycling Equipment

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Single Stream Recycling – A Mixed Recyclables System

One of the biggest issues with collecting recyclables is that they must be sorted. This drives up collection costs and is one of the main reasons many people do not recycle. It’s simply too time-consuming to separate news print, cardboard, office paper, tin, aluminum, glass, and plastic into individual containers. In order to eliminate the need to sort recyclables before they are collecting, Green Machine® has refined the most efficient method of recycling: Single Stream Recycling.

The Green Machine® Single Stream Recycling system uses state of the art technology to automatically separate the recyclables, removing the need for this to be done manually. Recyclables are first placed into large metering bins that hold huge amount of items. They are fed into a presort line that removes all of the plastic bags via a system of pneumatic collection tubes. Large ridged plastic items and other large pieces that cannot pass through the single stream recycling equipment are also removed.

The next step in the Single Stream Recycle process is OCC Screening. Here, bulky cardboard is removed first. Next, the system uses glass breaker screens to filter out glass. Finally, fibers are automatically separated from containers as the materials are passed over News and Polishing Screens.

What makes the Single Stream Recycling system so effective is that it makes use of a number of different methods to sort materials. Magnets, optical container sorters, aluminum eddy current systems, and ballistic air separators are all utilized to quickly separate the various recyclables. Once sorted and cleaned, similar recyclables are baled into compacted cubes or placed into shipping containers to be shipped to domestic or overseas markets.

The patent-pending system created by Green Machine® is unparalleled in the area of mixed recyclables. The company’s dedication to building the recycling industry’s most durable and efficient equipment for the lowest upfront capital expense can be seen once again in the technology developed for the Single Stream Recycling equipment.

Single Stream Processing Equipment

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Competitors Offer Green Eye’s Their Sincerest Form of Flattery?

“We are investigating multiple instances of apparent competitor infringement of our Canadian Optical patent. While we see this imitation as confirmation of the superiority of our Green Eye Hyper-Spectral imager design to other technologies, we are taking this matter seriously and will be zealous in addressing it. Don’t risk interruption of service or parts by buying an imitation; Get the genuine Green Eye Hyper-Spectral sorting system.” P.S. - US Patent award is pending.

MRFS - Materials Recovery Facilities and Recycling

When many of us see the term MRFs we think that the official name for these facilities is a Material Recycling Facility, and this in many ways is what they are. However, waste management professionals will tell you that the correct term for them is Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs).

MRFs are a waste management option specifically linked to recycling, bridging the gap between collection of recyclables and reprocessing. However, it has not strictly been correct in many districts in the past to have said that they were solely for the purpose of recycling. Both within and outside Europe (the EU) a proportion of the waste is now and will be for the foreseeable future, sent to landfill. In a commercially based and unregulated MRF only those materials which could profitably be recycled by the operator would be.

However, due to public pressure and in principle environmentally sound reasons in most parts of the world it has been found that recycling should not just be a largely voluntary activity carried out only where the market provides an economic benefit from such recycling. Due to risk and price volatility in the recycled materials market, without government encouragement, recycling has simply just not been taking place to the extent that, any consideration of the long sustainability of civilization, was going to need.

In short, society was rapidly moving toward the point of burial under its own rubbish. Worse and more pervasive still was, and is still, the danger from the gradual contamination of groundwater around the landfills, by the landfills. If this was allowed to continue might have a far more serious effect on the health of society than the rubbish itself. The reason for this being that so many areas rely on their groundwater for drinking water.

Therefore, MRFs perform an increasingly important role for communities in many countries. Indeed, many more of them are going to be needed to provide much increased waste recycling, in each and every district, of all our towns and cities. MRFs are also essential to the planned reduction in the amount of organic matter which will be sent to landfills throughout the EU.

This is recognised by the UK government as they form an important role within the Government's Waste Strategy 2000 (DETR 2000a and DETR 2000b), which predicts that as many as 316 MRFs (DETR 2000b: 194) will be required to meet its aims in England and Wales alone. Why reduce organic matter being sent to landfills? The reason is that the organic matter is the main source of pollutants in any Municipal Solid Waste landfills.

So, at its core any Material Recovery/Recycling Facility is a waste disposal facility that separates the recycling material before it is sold on and recycled, and as far as possible, they are operated to be as "self funding" as possible. However, although all council and private MRF operator's waste services departments do attempt to identify sustainable and profitable markets for the recycled material, into which they sell their recovered materials, the earnings created do not come close to meeting the very high operating costs.

It is interesting to note that the UK Waste Strategy 2000 recognises that a system based on new facilities and extensive separate kerbside collection of recyclables will be an important element in meeting recovery targets. But, the driving force in this process is the attainment of the targets, and any revenue from this is incidental. In the document, it states that it is hoped that this may increase the economic viability of recycling schemes, including kerbside collection, by allowing localized sorting of materials (see paragraphs 5.19 - 5.22). As stable markets develop and a demand is established for the recyclates, it may be that the value of the recycled materials rises. However, this is only a hope of government, and cannot be guaranteed.

So, recycling initiatives and operations are driven by the need to meet statutory targets. Recycling involves collecting materials that can be marketed to produce more products containing a percentage of recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, cans, glass and plastic bottles. The process means that less raw materials will need to be mined (metals) or grown (trees) and less energy will be consumed in the manufacture of new products.

Now you have read this article you will not be one of those ignorant of the important role of the MRF in your district. In fact waste management is far from a boring subject, and there are rapid developments in the technology and large expansion plans taking place right now.

There many new ideas and new opportunities to discovery in the new Waste Technologies. Find out more about what MRFs are, plus you will learn about many other types of waste technology. These exciting new technologies will help ensure a sustainable future for society, and the health of future generations.

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MRFs - Materials Recovery Facilities and the New Waste Technologies

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Optical Sorting Processing Systems

Sorting recyclables takes time, manpower, and other resources. That’s why few customers take the time to do it. With one of our optical sorting processing systems, this task is no longer the long, resource-heavy chore it once was.

How Optical Sorting Works

Our patent-pending optical sorting processing system uses innovative sensor technology to determine the material of each item it scans. This allows the system to quickly separate a wide number of materials, including the following:
  • Aluminum

  • Steel

  • Plastic

  • PVC

  • Brick ships

  • Stone

  • Wood

  • Newspaper

  • Rubber

  • Glass

  • Circuit boards

  • And much more

The Key to the Entire System

The key to this type of sorting system is our hyper spectral imaging system. We first introduced this unique piece of optical sorting equipment in 2007, and we’ve continued improving it over the years. It uses a series of optical scanners controlled by an artificial intelligence to gather information about every item that passes through it. The AI then uses this multidimensional, wide spectral data to determine what the material is and sends it to the appropriate bin.

The Benefits of an Optical Sorting Processing System

Optical sorting has many great benefits:
  • The system is fully automated and only requires an operator rather than a team of sorters.

  • It takes much less time than manually sorting, improving your recycling rate.

  • The optical sensors are incredibly efficient and have high accuracy in excess of 94%.

  • The AI can identify a wide range of materials and requires little maintenance or oversight.

  • There’s no need for manual sorting anywhere in the process, making it more likely for people to participate in recycling programs.

If you’re interested in seeing how our optical sorting equipment works, we invite you to visit our Green Eye material testing facility located in Hampstead, New Hampshire. You can also send us samples of your materials and watch the system sort them online in real time.

Have questions? Contact us today using our contact form and a representative will get back to you as soon as possible.

Optical Sorting Recycling Systems Equipment

Monday, August 27, 2018

GREEN EYE® OPTICAL SORTER Improves Commercial Waste Processing

GREEN EYE® OPTICAL SORTER Improves Commercial Waste ProcessingGREEN MACHINE® vastly improves existing commercial waste systems with the addition of GREEN MACHINE® vastly improves existing commercial waste systems with the addition of its patented GREEN EYE® optical sorter. Watch our GREEN EYE® Commercial Waste Optical Sorter! Our Hyperspectral vision system successfully sorts both dry and wet cardboard from mixed waste streams.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fiber Sorting Recycling Processing

Sorting fibrous materials is often a challenge because they get mixed with waste and other recyclables. By using a Green Machine fiber sorting recycling processing, you can reduce the amount of time it takes to sort this type of materials. There are a number of different ways you can benefit from using ones of these systems.

How a Fiber Sorting Recycling Processing Works

In order to quickly and accurately sort through the various fibrous materials that have been collected, Green Machine has combined a number of different pieces of fiber sorting equipment. Our systems make use of the following:

Using these different tools, your system can separate out many different types of materials:
  • Cardboard

  • Newsprint

  • Office paper

  • High grade paper

  • Other wood fiber-based products

Why Use this Type of Processing System?

One of the biggest reasons for using a sorting system is to help increase participation in recycling. Green Machine’s aim with this type of equipment is to remove as many barriers to participating in a recycling program as possible.

One of those barriers is the amount of work required and the cost of recycling. Few consumers want to take the time to separate out their recyclables. This puts the task on you, but it takes a great deal of time and money to separate fibrous materials. Because it’s so time-intensive, most recyclers simply don’t do it. With our system, that’s no longer an issue.

How it Benefits You

How can you benefit from a Green Machine fiber sorting recycling processing system?

  • It’s quick and easy to sort fibrous materials.

  • All recyclables can be placed in the same bin on the consumer’s end, then separated automatically by machine.

  • Automatic sorting systems are capable of working non-stop for hours without any decrease in accuracy.

  • There’s little maintenance or oversight needed.

Ready to learn more or visit one of our testing facilities? Contact Green Machine today.

Municipal Solid Waste Recycling (MSW) Processing Systems

Sorting through municipal solid waste (MSW) is not an easy or pleasant task to do manually. That’s why Green Machine has introduced municipal solid recycling (MSW) Processing systems. These automated systems are designed to quickly sort recyclables, organic materials, and waste that cannot be recycled or used elsewhere.

How Green Machine’s Municipal Solid Recycling (MSW) Processing Systems Excel

There are a number of different systems out there than handle MSW processing, but many of them fail for one simple reason: they’re too expensive. If a system is too expensive to purchase and operate, it’s not going to be of any use to anyone. We designed our municipal solid recycling equipment with an emphasis on profitability instead of on recovery rates. What this means is that our systems aim to process large amounts of waste at the lowest cost possible while focusing on sorting out the high value materials.

What Materials Can Be Sorted?

Our municipal solid recycling processing equipment is designed to sort a wide variety of materials:
  • Wet and dry waste

  • Mixed plastics

  • Large OCC

  • Mixed paper

  • Ferrous and non-ferrous materials

  • Other materials as needed

How the System Works

Our systems employ a variety of different pieces of equipment to quickly and reliably sort materials, including the following:

How You Benefit from a Municipal Solid Recycling (MSW) Processing System

You can benefit from a Green Machine MSW recycling system in a number of different ways:
  • It quickly sorts mixed recyclables in a more accurate and efficient way than employees could.

  • The system focuses on sorting out the most valuable materials rather than on recycling large amounts of materials in the shortest time possible.

  • Dangerous materials can be removed automatically or broken down into less harmful forms before employees have to deal with them, reducing the risk of injury.

Want to know more about our MSW recycling processing systems? Contact Green Machine today.

Municipal Solid Waste Recycling (MSW) Systems