Sims Metal Management officially opened its new material recovery facility (MRF) serving New York City in December 2013. The Bollegraaf processing system for the Sunset Park MRF in Brooklyn, N.Y., was supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions (VDRS), Stamford, Conn., and sort all of the curbside residential rigid plastics, metal, aluminum and glass collected from all five city boroughs.
Sims’ Bollegraaf system is capable of processing 1,000 tons per day of bottles and cans and features 16 of the newest Autosort models of optical sorters from TITECH. The Autosort 4 models, introduced in 2013, eliminate the lamps used on the Autosort 3 models and introduce Flying Beam technology. They will identify and sort 12 different marketable products for the city, according to a press release from VDRS.
All material is debagged and the plastic film and paper are taken out with ballistic separators and separated by five TITECH optical sorters into clean end products, the equipment supplier says.
The facility will assist the city in reaching its goal of diverting 30 percent of the city’s waste from landfills.
Sims says most of the recyclables will be delivered by barge to reduce truck traffic on the city streets.
The system has been featured on multiple news outlets, including CBS and NPR. VDRS adds that its technician Anno Cazemier and project manager David Lukas will appear in an hourly television special for National Geographic about the facility.
Van Dyk Recycling Solutions is the exclusive distributor of Bollegraaf, Lubo and TITECH machinery in North America, with more than 2,400 plants installed in North America.