APRIL/MAY 2014 – When Canada Fibers built North America’s largest and most technologically advanced single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) in Toronto, Ontario, it used Bollegraaf equipment supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions. The plant owners say the new facility has the highest recovery rate in the industry, and is projected to process 350,000 tonnes per year. The goal is nothing less than a 95 per cent recovery rate of all commodities.With double input lines, bag breaking technology, and multiple StarScreens® with unique new screening technology, Canada Fibers strives for high throughput and the highest possible recovery and purity of output, while reducing operational costs. Specialized sorting equipment including ten TOMRA optical sorting units, 22 vacuum hoods (for the high film content in Toronto’s material), a Lubo PaperMagnet®, two PaperSpikes® (to sort OCC and boxboard), and glass breaker screens.
The facility’s throughput has been measured as high as 60 tonnes per hour, with TOMRA recovery units at the end of the system making sure that all commodities are recovered.
At the end of the system a Bollegraaf HBC 140F baler bales the paper grades, and a Bollegraaf HBC 120 compacts all containers into homogenous bales. Their pre-press flap, no-shear design allows less loading cycles and distributes the material evenly, resulting in denser bales.
Launched in 2013, the TOMRA AUTOSORT 4 is an advanced sorter with low maintenance and energy costs. The autosort is a multifunctional sorting system to recover a wide range of pieces of material from different waste streams, single stream, packaging, paper, household waste and other sorting tasks looking for enhanced material information and color in combination. The autosort features faster valves that sort waste with superior accuracy, less maintenance (with no external lamps or A/C unit), and the higher integration of hardware boosts reliability. Flying Beam® technology also increases reliability and saves energy. This autosort is the first near-infrared (NIR) scan system not to require an external light source.
The Bollegraaf baler’s single ram design uses a fraction of the power used by a traditional two ram baler and operates automatically without a dedicated operator. Bollegraaf balers provide flexibility–the baler can be instantly reset to switch between a variety of materials, including fiber, plastic containers, steel containers, and aluminum containers. It does not need an operator and, because of its unique features, requires far less maintenance than the recycler’s previous baler. What’s more, it runs on half the electricity cost.
With a recovery rate up to 98 per cent, the PaperMagnet® separates light 2D materials, such as paper, cardboard and foil from 3D and/or heavy materials, such as containers, bottles and stones. The PaperMagnet is perfectly suited to recover paper, cardboard and film from a polluted single- or dual-stream flow with great accuracy. The principal of separation is based on a belt conveyor that’s put under a steep angle and that creates a vacuum force at the belt surface. Due to the design of this vacuum conveyor, the light 2D materials are transported to the top discharge side of the conveyor. 3D parts roll or slide back to the bottom discharge side of the conveyor due to shape and/or weight. Other heavy materials discharge at the bottom (also due to weight). By adjusting the parameters, conveyor speed and airflow, an optimal adjustment can be achieved for different material inputs and separation qualities for the 2D or 3D fractions. Depending on the size and composition of the material input, recovery rates of 98 per cent can be established.
The patented screen deck of the AWS Starscreen doesn’t wrap and has the high output and aggressive agitation to liberate mixed materials for accurate screening. The starscreen can process up to 50 tph and diverts 95 per cent of < 2-inch organic fines with virtually no wrapping or cleaning needs.
Looking for higher quality and higher recovery? Since 1984, VAN DYK Recycling Solutions has led the North American market by building over 2,400 highly efficient and profitable plants. We offer expert solutions and proven technology for the following markets:
- Single stream
- Commercial waste
- Construction and demolition
- Municipal solid waste
- Presorted plastics
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Reprinted from Solid Waste & Recycling with permission.