Upstate Shredding to build heavy media plant

Upstate Shredding to build heavy media plant

The company will process zorba generated by its auto shredding operations and from other sources.

October 5, 2016
Recycling Today Staff
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The metals recycling company Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling, headquartered in Owego, New York, has announced plans to build a heavy media plant at a recently purchased site in Owego. To help in the construction of the plant, Upstate Shredding has received a $1 million grant from the state of New York’s Empire State Development (ESD) fund.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $7.5 million, the company says. With the exception of the $1 million ESD grant, Upstate Shredding says the funding for the project will come from private sources.

The heavy media plant will create about 25 new full-time positions.

The new dry media plant will include processing technology that will allow Upstate Shredding to further process zorba, a shredded mix of nonferrous metals consisting primarily of aluminum generated by an eddy current separator or other segregation techniques, separating aluminum from heavies (copper, brass, zinc and stainless).

Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling will feed the media plant with its two company-owned shredders, one located in Owego and the other in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Additionally, to feed the heavy media plant the company says it will purchase material from outside sources throughout North America.

The new plant is scheduled to be fully staffed and operational by the end of 2016, Upstate Shredding says.

The plant will be enclosed in a new 20,000-square-foot building, which will be built at a 3.5-acre location that was purchased earlier this year.

The site will include a complete dry media plant for upgrading metal ranging from ¾ inch to 5 inches in size supplied by Florida-based SGM Magnetics. The system is designed to process up to 15 tons of zorba per hour and can separate the light metals (aluminum) from heavy nonferrous metals. 

In a news release, Upstate Shredding says the media plant will be one of only a few in operation in the United States. It will take zorba and produce four high-quality commodities: twitch, circuit boards extracted by color sorting technology, aluminum and a heavies package.

Additionally, Upstate Shredding is installing a separate media plant at the Owego location to sort the ¾-inch-and-under fraction of zorba using an alternate technology.

“We are grateful to Upstate Shredding for their trust in us to bring superior scrap processing technology to their operation in Owego," says Ernesto Tirado, SGM Magnetics engineering manager. "SGM Magnetics is not only supplying the equipment, but also building the entire plant. We have decided to team up with U.S. Conveyor as our supplier due to their unmatched quality on their fabrication as well as their great staff."