Winters Bros.’ new Green Eye optical sorter does it all

Winters Bros.’ new Green Eye optical sorter does it all

Brookhaven, New York, which is home to one of Long Island’s first dual-stream recycling systems, recently invested in upgrades to its existing container processing line under the new ownership of Winters Bros. Waste Systems.

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May 1, 2020

Brookhaven, New York, which is home to one of Long Island’s first dual-stream recycling systems, recently invested in upgrades to its existing container processing line under the new ownership of Winters Bros. Waste Systems. Jeff Nella, Winters Bros. general manager, commends Whitney Point, New York-based Green Machine and Winters Bros.’ tenured employee, Billy Brennan, for executing what he called a “swiss army knife” approach to recycling systems integration.

The Brookhaven system currently processes 30 tons per hour (TPH) of commercial and residential single-stream recyclables. The new container sort line, built on the back end of the system, processes the 10 TPH of unpicked recyclables remaining after front-end fiber sorting.

Pick containers and fiber with a single optical sorter

Revolutionary to the recycling industry is the deployment of a patented Green Eye® optical sorter that, with a push of a button, can pick containers or fiber and direct each to the appropriate location on the system.

Winters Bros. finds it extremely valuable to process its 10 TPH of containers and then have the ability to enhance fiber-rich material streams missed by the front-end system. Additionally, another Green Eye optical sorter was deployed in sequence to pick remaining old corrugated containers (OCC), which are integrated with the OCC sorted on the front end of the system. Plans include deploying Green Eye robotic sorters to pick any valuable plastics that remain.

Ready for any material stream

Jimmy Winters, owner of Winters Bros. Waste Systems, says, “Communities in our area are collecting their recyclables mixed (single-stream), separated (dual-stream) [and] with or without glass, along with commercial streams of all types. We feel confident that our new processing system is ready for virtually any material stream dropped on our tip floor.”   

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