A ballistic separator was recently installed in a single stream recycling and material recovery facility located in Tallahassee, Florida. This company’s facility encompasses 40 acres and processes construction and demolition (C&D) material, as well as multi-stream and single stream waste.
A recycling company recently added a Sort 10 Multi Stream System (Sort 10 MSS) to their existing single stream sorting system. MetalTech Systems, located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina supplied screens and additional picking stations to their existing equipment, along with design, and start up assistance. The design of the mechanical separation equipment in the Sort 10 MSS allows for the processing of single stream recyclables, commercial, office, and industrial waste at a rate of 10-12 tons per hour.
This metering bunker and storage system operates at the beginning of a recycling system. Incoming waste and recyclable materials are loaded into the bunker by the loader operator. The bunker evenly feeds the material toward the automatic bag opener or conveyor using a moving floor and rotating drum. Infeed rates are easily adjusted using the included control cabinet with PLC. Waste material can be fed through the bunker at rates up to 120 cubic yards per hour.
A ballistic separator can achieve up to 90% sorting efficiency in a recycling system regardless of weather or moisture. This is better than a disc screen or star screen that can only achieve 80% to 95% sorting efficiency under ideal conditions such as warm weather, dry material (not baled), and a clean screen.
The vibrating OCC finger screen eliminates wrapping, binding, and other high maintenance costs associated with traditional disc screens and star screens used in recycling systems. In the Sort 10 multi-stream sorting system, this type of OCC screen is used to remove large pieces of OCC, or old corrugated cardboard, from the waste stream before ballistic separation. This allows for even more efficient sorting downstream.
This material transfer system loads and unloads plastic scrap in bulk bags and boxes for recycling. The custom manufactured components included (3) bulk bag unloaders with vibratory agitation, (2) bulk bag filling machines (shown in picture), and (1) bulk box loader. After competitive testing, the bulk bag filling machines proved to be the only ones capable of effectively transferring the large, interlocking shreds of plastic scrap into bulk bags.