Diversified Recycling to install six Van Dyk screens

Illinois recycler’s investment based on cutting down on maintenance and producing higher quality recyclables.

October 9, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products Municipal / IC&I Plastics

Diversified Recycling, based in Homewood, Illinois, plans to upgrade its traditional paper screens with four new Non-Wrapping 440 screens from Van Dyk Recycling Solutions (VDRS), Stamford, Connecticut. The 440 screen is Van Dyk’s latest offering designed to drastically reduce film wrapping in star screens, the company says.

Two percent of Diversified’s stream is plastic film. According to VDRS, even with a presort station that removes film, a significant amount of wrapping occurs around the screens. The wrapping prevents the screens from sorting properly. Materials are unable to fall through and wind up conveyed over the screen.

VDRS says the Non-Wrapping 440 screen maintains its screening performance throughout an entire shift, reducing containers in the overs by up to 80 percent and resulting in higher quality paper and container streams heading to the commingled line.

Diversified says it hopes the new 440 screens will help it to cut down on maintenance and cleaning efforts. Other installations with the 440 screens have reported cleaning and maintenance times per shift reduced from over an hour to 10 minutes per shift, VDRS claims.

The company also is replacing its commingled screens with two of VDRS’s elliptical separators. With fewer wearable parts, the elliptical is expected to bring down the costs associated with replacement parts. At 3.3 meters (nearly 11 feet) wide, the elliptical screens will be the widest ever installed in the U.S., VDRS says.

More information on the installation is available by contacting VDRS at 203-967-1100 or at info@vdrs.com.