Quebec MRF upgrades with Machinex equipment to improve quality

New equipment at Recuperation Mauricie includes ballistic, glass and eddy current separators and two optical sorters.

November 13, 2017
Recycling Today Staff

Machinex Technologies, Plessisville, Quebec, recently completed an equipment upgrade to the Recuperation Mauricie material recovery facility (MRF) near Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The purpose of the upgrade was to increase the system’s efficiency and the quality of the sorted material.

Machinex incorporated the new advanced equipment into the existing MRF. It includes a new ballistic separator to separate the packaging from mixed paper; two optical sorting units - one to sort the contaminants out of the mixed paper and the other to separate plastics in three categories: PET, HDPE and mixed. The old corrugated container (OCC) separator has been replaced by a new generation model, which Machinex says reduces the wrapping of the plastics around the components. Most of the glass fragments are removed at the beginning of the sorting line, thanks to the addition of a glass separator, and a Machinex eddy current separator removes aluminum cans.

"We are very proud to have realized this project of modernization at Recuperation Mauricie, because it is a long-time customer for Machinex with whom we built a relationship of trust,” says Pierre Paré, Machinex Group CEO. “The added high technologies will allow Récupération Mauricie to increase its productivity but [also] especially to improve the quality of its products."

Daniel Cassivi, managing director of the Group RCM and Récupération Mauricie, says he was impressed with Machinex team. “Throughout the project, we felt that people at Machinex were in control of the situation, which was confirmed by the resumption of the activities without delay according to the initial planning. We lived a positive experience at every level.”

Cassivi adds, “After only one week of operation, the upgraded system can produce a quality fiber good enough to sell to China, according to one of our brokers.”

Machinex is a developer of sorting, waste management and recycling technology. It has designed and installed more than 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Oceania.