Recyclable materials include plastic containers and bottles and fiber materials such as phonebooks and newspapers. Plastic bags are more difficult to recycle and are not accepted at most MRFs because they create problems during processing. The first step in recycling is proper separation and sorting of materials curbside, so the individual who recycles has an important responsibility!
At an MRF, trucks drop off load of recyclables in the receiving area. The trash and non-recyclable items are removed from the recycling process, and the clean recyclables are sorted. Bags of materials are broken open, and a conveyor transports the recyclables to a sorting line. There, MRF staff manually sort out the different types of materials into various holding bins. The recyclables are then transported via an incline conveyor into a baler, which crushes the materials together and binds them with wire bands. The bales are then stored in stacks for shipment.
Glass is transported via conveyor to a glass crusher where it is then sized uniformly for beneficial use. Crushed glass can be used in public works projects, saving money and shipping.
Materials that are not recyclable must be separated from the waste stream because they can create problems in the recycling process. Some examples of non-recyclable materials include aluminum foil, Styrofoam, food wraps, ceramic and clay pots, porcelain, light bulbs and fabrics.
Tuffman® offers a variety of equipment, including conveyors and sorting stations, to help start a new MRF or expand an existing operation. Contact us today to learn more about our custom-manufactured products!
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