American Chemistry Council Publishes GBB Report on Modern Technologies for Mixed Waste Processing

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Fairfax, VA (July 28, 2016) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division published a report demonstrating that the principal technology and equipment utilized in modern materials recovery facilities (MRFs) are being successfully integrated into new mixed waste processing facilities (MWPFs.) It is a supplement to the previous ACC report, published in 2015, that provided an overview of the history, evolution, and role of MRFs in modern solid waste management. In this report, today’s MRFs and MWPFs were evaluated for how efficiently they divert materials from landfills by maximizing recovery of marketable commodities from single and dual stream recyclables and/or municipal solid waste (MSW.) Both reports, authored by GBB, are available on the ACC website:

The newly released supplemental report reviews ten specific types of commercially proven equipment that are traditionally used or adapted for the handling of solid waste, such as optical sorting systems, bag openers, and air separation systems and densifiers. It describes how each type of equipment is uniquely designed for the separation of certain constituents in MSW for both MRFs and MWPFs. The evaluation includes the quality of the finished product; the volume that is captured versus lost; and the speeds at which the processing equipment works.

“The report also features innovative machinery that either combines equipment functions or are different adaptations of similar designs,” stated Bradley Kelley, GBB Senior Project Engineer. “These ongoing innovations continue to upgrade the quality, accuracy and speed of recovery processes and deliver performance improvements for MRFs and MWPFs.”

“Recycling is a critical part of conserving Earth’s limited resources,” said Craig Cookson, ACC’s senior director of recycling and energy recovery. “These two reports will help communities, recyclers, and other decision-makers better understand the evolution of technologies available for mixed waste processing.”

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