Pure Loop , the Austria-based sister company of Erema, says the new ISEC evo shredder-extruder combination opens up a new dimension in the efficient processing of production waste. Unlike comparable shredder-extruder recycling machines on the market, the Pure Loop solution requires only two drives, which significantly reduces energy consumption, according to a news release. Heavy, lightweight, high volume and also highly tear-resistant materials can be processed.
The conical design of the conveyor screw results in high compaction, which in turn causes ideal preheating of the material while at the same time forcing back oxygen. The ISEC evo series is characterized by straightforward operation and a high degree of automation, and the machines are quickly ready to start processing.
North America is the most significant market for the U. The U. Since , Novolex , a packaging business headquartered in Hartsville, South Carolina, has incorporated percent-recycled content in some of its bag products. However, in more recent years, the company has gone from just a small portion of its bags incorporating percent-recycled content to the majority of its bags—about 87 percent—using percent-recycled content. While the company still uses some virgin materials for its paper bag products, Robert Arnold, plant manager at Novolex, says the company is trending toward using solely recycled content.
According to Novolex, the increase in demand for using percent-recycled content in paper bags has been less about product bans and more driven by the desire of grocers and their customers to reduce environmental impact.
The company states that its ability to manufacture bags with percent-recycled content that can perform well under stress has also increased demand among grocers. The company states that it noticed an initial surge in demand from grocers to use bags with recycled content in Novolex reports it noticed a sharp increase between and , as well.
For instance, the company says its Duro brand facility in Alsip, Illinois, produced 72 percent of its bags with percent-recycled content in ; just four years later, that facility produced 91 percent of its bags with percent-recycled content in Developing paper bag products that use percent-recycled content is a bit more challenging than paper bags using only virgin materials, as virgin fiber creates a stronger sheet, Arnold adds.
With a demand for incorporating percent-recycled content into bags, Arnold says this need trickles down to demand for recovered fiber from recycling operations in the U. The company sources its recycled materials from about six paper mills. Arnold adds that recent growth in e-commerce has helped to ensure there is sufficient recovered fiber for mills and the corrugated box businesses.
Balcones Resources Inc. The upgrade of the ,square-foot facility that was opened in was prompted by changing market conditions, rising labor costs and new technology, according to a news release issued by CP Group.
In , Balcones committed to working with CP Group on a system retrofit designed to increase throughput, decrease operating costs and improve fiber recovery and purity. Balcones and CP tested and analyzed several scenarios to determine the correct design arrangement and use of optical sorters. FiberMax optical sorters run at 1, feet per minute on inch-wide belts using near-infrared NIR technology to clean the fiber streams using positive and negative sorting, according to CP Group. The FiberMax optical sorters has been focused on removing fugitive plastics and other nonconforming items from the paper stream.
This creates cleaner material and a more valuable product, CP Group says. The new glass breaker was implemented to increase glass recovery and eliminate disc wear. The fiber screens were upgraded to increase material recovery while greatly reducing the labor required to clean the screens, according to CP Group. The equipment upgrade included new software designed to help Balcones better understand its production through quantified data. Through the use of an integrated SCADA supervisory control and data acquisition package, Balcones can track production on its balers, including daily material totals, as well as inbound and outbound material volumes on each line.
When it comes to MRF design, you have to know your numbers in order to create the right solution. Balcones made it easy for us. He will be part of the Retrofit Case Studies panel from 4 to 6 p. The company provides recycling system design, manufacturing, retrofits, audits and consulting.
The company provides turnkey solutions for mixed waste, residential recycling, commercial and industrial, construction and demolition and electronic scrap applications. The association launched this project in early to identify opportunities and applications for recycled polyethylene PE film. Phase II demonstrated that recycled PE can be functionally used in structural applications and proved to be a good, low-cost feedstock for advanced recycling technologies, such as chemical recycling. When used in film applications, such as shopping bags, the material proved functional, yet presented aesthetic limitations.
This gives converters an opportunity to work with brands and help shift aesthetic requirements to accommodate a wider range of postconsumer recycled PCR content, according to the association. Phase II took physical samples and technical data from Phase I and created real-world testing opportunities for the materials across a wide range of industry sectors and product applications.
Following this report, the Plastics Industry Association is exploring the opportunity to use recycled PE films to enhance the performance of asphalt used for parking lots and roadways, which could eventually represent significant, new annual demand in the range of hundreds of millions of pounds, the association says.