E.L. Harvey Opens Single-Stream System

E.L. Harvey Opens Single-Stream System

Massachusetts MRF capable of processing up to 600 tons of recyclables per day.

November 15, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products Municipal / IC&I

E.L. Harvey & Sons, a family-owned recycling firm headquartered in Hopkinton, Mass., has opened a new single-stream recycling facility to serve residents in the Massachusetts cities of Hopkinton, Westborough and surrounding areas. The material recovery facility (MRF) was designed, manufactured and installed by Eugene, Ore.-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). The system is housed in a new 80,000-square-foot building and is permitted to process up to 600 tons of recyclables per day.

The MRF, which includes screening and optical sorting technology from BHS and NRT, is expected to recover more than 95 percent of the available recyclables, the companies say. 

Ben Harvey, president of E. L. Harvey & Sons, says, “This project will help communities and businesses throughout Eastern Massachusetts increase recycling rates, decrease disposal costs and lessen the use of traditional disposal sites. It is a step towards helping the commonwealth of Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan reach its 56 percent recycling goal as established by the Massachusetts DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).”

“We chose BHS after an intensive comprehensive analysis,” says Steve Harvey, E.L. Harvey executive vice president. “A great deal of research and site visits went into the decision; the deciding difference was the superior design and performance of the BHS screens, which gave them the competitive advantage. The equipment is performing to my expectations. What BHS personnel stated and what the reality is was right on target.”

“The Harveys have been leaders in this industry and in their community for decades, and it's an honor for them to place their trust in BHS,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “E.L. Harvey & Sons has a great story and a long track record of excellence in operations. I have no doubt that this system will deliver performance for years to come for their business and the communities that they serve.”

Steve Harvey adds, “We have a very good working relationship with BHS. The field support, installation and engineering crews have been top-shelf. The project engineer, Bob Fry, was always available for me. All of our calls, questions and requests have been handled with first-class professionalism and in a very timely manner. They have provided 24/7 service to me, and, believe me, I have tested it.”