New recycling machine makes the job more efficient:
Of all the stuff you throw into your curbside recycling bin, a majority from the Wasatch Front ends up at Rocky Mountain Recycling. The South Salt Lake business expanded its operation, and Tuesday fired up some new state-of-the-art equipment. Rocky Mountain Recycling processes more than 50,000 tons of recyclable materials each month, all kinds of paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and other metals.
The brand new, $7 million single-stream sort system takes all of the recyclables from one big pile, and sends them into the bins where they belong.
John Sasine, president of Rocky Mountain Recycling, says the upgrade was critical to keep up with the expanding recycling market.
"This technology is 10 or 15 years better than the old system that we had," Sasine said.
Three-foot wide conveyor belts carry the pop bottles, beer cans, cardboard boxes and newspaper through a series of screens and sorters. Screens first pull the cardboard away; the conveyor separates different kinds of papers: shredded, newsprint and magazine.
Farther along the process, milk jugs are spotted by an optical lens, and blasted into a bin. Later, a magnet plucks metal cans from the stream.
It's efficient and effective for such a high volume of recyclables, but the company still needs people to sort the items the machine misses.
"They make sure there are no containers in with the paper and no paper in with the containers," Sasine said.. Who is Rocky Mountain Recycling?
Rocky Mountain Recycling (RMR) is a leading-edge recycling company providing a range of innovative services to commercial and industrial companies throughout the United States. Based in Salt Lake City,Utah,RMR sells services and finances equipment for customers who are ready to take advantage of today's recycling advances.
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