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September 7, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

ReCommunity Opens MRF in Tucson, Ariz.
ReCommunity, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., has started up its newest material recovery facility (MRF) in Tucson, Ariz. The MRF’s automated sorting system, designed, manufactured and installed by CP Group, San Diego, will be able to process 25 tons of recyclables per hour, according to ReCommunity. The installation was completed in July, and the facility is now in full operation.

The sorting system is designed to process old newspapers, mixed paper, cardboard, beverage cartons, steel, aluminum and glass from the city’s residential recycling program.

“We are committed to leading the recovery revolution for forward-thinking communities by repositioning waste as a strategic community resource instead of a growing liability,” says Sean Duffy, ReCommunity president and chief operating officer. “Our ability to create significant positive gains for our community partners hinges on leveraging world-class operational and design expertise for our facilities.”

Duffy continues, “Tucson is a gleaming example of the end result of combining ReCommunity’s operational expertise and knowledge with CP Group’s design flexibility and experience. The result is a well-designed plant that will serve the Tucson community for years to come.”

The system includes advanced automated sorting capabilities that allow identification, separation and recovery of recyclables. The system features equipment and services from CP Manufacturing, MSS Inc., IPS Balers and Advanced MRF, all divisions of the CP Group.

Josh Wagner, CP Group project manager for the Tucson facility, says, “The Tucson plant runs on a dynamic mix of highly experienced ReCommunity operators and CP Group technology. The seamless plant startup was due to the cooperation and teamwork of both ReCommunity and the CP Group. We look forward to the continued successful operation of this system, which we are exceedingly proud of.”

The system features a three-deck scalping screen, a three-deck OCC screen, a three-deck glass-breaker screen, a glass-cleanup system, two new screens, a CP screen, an eddy-current separator and conveyors and platforms engineered and produced by CP Manufacturing.

MSS supplied Aladdin, its optical sorter that separates plastics by color and resin type and generates three output streams from one input stream.

IPS Balers supplied the multi-material two-ram baler. The TR-1388 has a patented pre-compression lid designed to increase bale density, minimize strokes and eliminate shearing, the company claims. The TR-1388 is able to process between 28 and 45 tons per hour.

Advanced MRF, which has been part of the CP Group since January 2012, provided the entire electrical control platform and system integration.

The 57,000-square-foot facility also features CP Group partners’ equipment, such as an air drum separator by Ken Mills Engineering and a film vacuum system by Impact Air.

ReCommunity operates 36 facilities in 13 states, including 30 material recovery facilities (MRFs), five transfer stations and one glass processing operation.


Pacific Steel & Recycling to Build Montana’s First Auto Shredder
The board of directors for Pacific Steel & Recycling, headquartered in Great Falls, Mont., has approved funding to build an auto shredder at the company’s newly opened facility in Lockwood, Mont.

The shredder, said to be the very first auto shredder in Montana, is expected to be operational by the middle of 2013.

Patrick Kons, vice president of scrap operations for Pacific Steel, says the company expects to invest $20 million on the new facility, which will include a downstream system supplied by Steinert. A 3,000-horsepower Metso 80-inch shredder, similar in size to the company’s other auto shredder in Boise, Idaho, will be installed.

The shredder will be used to shred vehicles, appliances and other light metals that have been baled at the company’s branch locations, tearing bales apart and completely sorting the materials by content.

The short line Montana Rail Link will service the facility.

Pacific says it has engineered and designed the facility to meet and exceed all Montana Department of Environmental Quality and other environmental requirements both during construction and when it goes into operation.

Pacific Steel & Recycling has 36 locations in 10 western states.


21st Century Programming Launches Spanish-Language Website
21st Century Programming, based in Long Beach, Calif., has officially launched its Spanish-language website at 21st Century designs and distributes ROM, ROM Express, ROM Recycler, ROM Brokerage and ROM Enterprise recycling industry software.

The company says it designed the website to support the needs of recyclers in the Mexican and Latin American markets as well as U.S.-based operations run by Spanish speakers. Newly translated Spanish-language brochures have accompanied the website launch as well.

21st Century Programming’s Recycling Operations Manager (ROM) software system is a multi-lingualized software customizable in most Latin-based languages and is cable of handling multiple currencies.

21st Century says the primary goal of its Spanish-language campaign is to enhance sales and customer support between the U.S.-based company and border customers. To support the campaign, 21st Century Programming says it also has strengthened its Spanish-speaking support, sales and marketing staff.

“Mexico is a major player in the recycling industry,” says George Kane, president of 21st Century Programming. “With an intense flow of scrap materials across the Mexican-American border, we see it as our responsibility to provide unique solutions for the protection of their inventory in the same manner we provide protection for U.S.-based recyclers.

“Improving relations with the Spanish-language community of recyclers has been something that has been in the works for some time now, and we’re excited to be able to better serve this group through a bilingual campaign now in place from sales to technical support,” Kane continues.

International Baler Adds BaleForce to Dealer Network

International Baler Corp. (IBC), a manufacturer of equipment for the recycling industry, has named BaleForce, headquartered in Toronto, the company’s exclusive dealer in Canada.

IBC is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.

“BaleForce offers many years of industry knowledge, service capability and the willingness to take care of the customer—the exact same philosophy adhered to by International Baler,” says Randy Gibson, IBC director of sales and marketing. “Jim Guest and company have hit the ground running for us and are already helping recyclers in Canada become better equipped to process their materials.”

BaleForce, he adds, “has the knowledge and manpower to allow us to expand our sales and services into Canada.”

Baleforce, which also has an office in western Canada, markets new, used and refurbished equipment and also provides 24-hour emergency service.


From left, Dean Robertson, Eriez’ Dave Heubel, Susan Neylon, David Robertson, Kevin Papushak and Eriez’ Charlie Ingram

Robertson Equipment Receives Eriez’ 2011 Merwin Award
Dave Heubel, director of North American sales for Erie, Pa.-based Eriez, has announced that Robertson Equipment, Strongsville, Ohio, earned the company’s 2011 Merwin Award, honoring its most outstanding U.S. field sales office. Heubel says Robertson Equipment was one of 28 finalists.

Charlie Ingram, Eriez vice president of sales and marketing, observes, “Robertson Equipment exceeded their full-year sales goals and did an overall superior job in 2011.”

PC Scale Releases New Software
PC Scale, Oxford, Pa., has announced the release of its newest software product, Tower 7, designed for hauling and operations management.

Designed as a user-friendly, customizable application, Tower 7 brings a new user interface, a color-coded calendar with single-screen access, to customer records, PC Scale says. The software also provides for CRM (customer relationship management) capabilities.

“Our customers spoke, and we listened,” says Brad Sovich, vice president of product design. “Increased performance, enhanced auditing and a focus on new functionality for customer service personnel are some of the key product features which have been delivered in Tower 7.”


Pellenc ST Announces Startup
Pellenc ST America, Concord, Calif., has announced the startup of a Mistral MDV 2800 at Service Sani-Tri, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. The dual-sort unit is part of the new Mistral Dual Vision series and is equipped with near-infrared capability and a color spectrometer, which Pellenc says allows for detecting and ejecting white ledger in the fiber line.

In addition to positively sorting white ledger, the MDV 2800 also sorts metal, plastic and aseptic containers, sending them to a container line for additional processing.

According to Pellenc ST, the equipment includes the company’s Turbosorter technology, which enables high-speed feeding of fibers composed of ONP (old newspapers), some OCC (old corrugated containers), white and colored paper. It also includes a motorized roller on the split gate to help eject white ledger, the company says.

Pellenc ST says the Mistral 2800 can process up to 8 tons per hour at a sorting efficiency of more than 90 percent.


MTB Recycling Introduces New Logo
MTB Recycling, a France-based company with more than 30 years of experience manufacturing wire and cable chopping systems, has unveiled a redesigned logo. The redesign reflects MTB’s introduction of other equipment, including other nonferrous processing systems, tire recycling equipment and, most recently, an electronics recycling line, according to the company.

Wendt Corp., Tonawanda, N.Y., which designs and manufactures auto shredding and nonferrous separation systems, is the exclusive North American partner of MTB Recycling.

“While the quality of MTB’s equipment remains the same, the new logo represents the expansion of their product line,” says Bob Childers, Wendt product specialist.

MTB equipment is designed to chop and upgrade copper wire recovered from automobile shredder residue.


Busch Systems Relocates
Busch Systems, a manufacturer of recycling, secure document, compost and waste containers, has relocated its operations to a new building in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, near its previous location.

“Our employees spend half of their waking hours in our offices,” says Craig Busch, president and CEO of Busch Systems. “It was important to us to create a comfortable and inspiring environment that gives them a high quality of life at work.”

The building features energy-efficient lighting, fireplaces, ergonomic work spaces and common areas. Busch says a commitment to sustainability is evident in its design.