Canada Fibers Ltd., headquartered in North York, Ontario, has announced the addition of three new pieces of Bollegraaf equipment to the existing Bollegraaf system at the material recovery facility (MRF) it operates in Hamilton, Ontario, in a July 2013 retrofit. The equipment upgrade was wholly financed by the city of Hamilton, says Ermil Prpic, manager of recycling and waste disposal, Environmental Services Division, Public Works Department, city of Hamilton.
The dual-stream commingled line already included Bollegraaf conveyors and a film grabber, along with a magnet, eddy current and a dual-eject TITECH optical sorter for plastics. The plant sorts plastics, metals, paper and film.
The equipment, supplied through Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Stamford, Conn., included a Bollegraaf drumfeeder, Lubo fines screen and an Orse screen.
The drumfeeder provides a constant material flow to the presort line. A consistent burden depth and good material spread enable sorters to effectively separate materials that could potentially be detrimental to downstream performance of the system, according to Van Dyk. The Orse screen is used to remove lightweight material (plastic caps, aluminum, fiber, metals) from the fines stream.
The Hamilton MRF is the first to use an Orse screen in a Van Dyk system, the equipmet supplier says.
Jake Westerhof, vice president of operations for Canada Fibers, says, “The Orse screen has provided us with an effective way to polish our final glass product, reduce hauling costs and improve our recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.”
The new equipment is the latest upgrade to the material recovery facility, which is owned by the city of Hamilton and operated under contract by Canada Fibers Ltd. "Both the new equipment and the existing sorting equipment of the container line are fully owned by the city of Hamilton," says Prpic. The city also owns the recyclables sortered at the MRF.
In the summer of 2013, Canada Fibers officially opened its new 50-ton-per-hour single-stream facility in Toronto.