By Cameron Chai
ReCommunity, the US-based recycling company, has announced the opening of its modern automated recycling plant in New York.
The company with an investment of $7.5 million will construct and install sopisticated sorting equipment in the 52,000 sq. ft building in New York in order to process recyclable aluminum, glass and tin beverage and food containers, cardboard, office papers, old newspapers, plastics, magazines and junk mail gathered from all over the northeastern part, which also includes the Hudson Valley counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster and southwestern parts of Connecticut.
Single Stream technology, which is the recent one in Material Recovery Facility (MRF) technology, is utilized in the company’s New York plant. The facility enables the collection of recyclable materials with the help of single bins inside business locations and homes, and also in a single collection vehicle, which decreases the expenses and emissions of carbon of recycling collection fleets. As the recycling process was made easier and expanded, the business communities and residents in the US have recycled 15to 30% more material, when compared to previous recycling. The company will recover the material at full potential and this recovery will stop the emission of 261,186 t of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases (CO2e). It will conserve landfill space of 122,955 cubic yards and eliminate million gallons of wastewater dumped into landfills.
The company automatically classifies the materials, arriving at the MRF, into different commodities, and delivers to other companies, wherein those materials are converted into new products. Old newspapers can be transformed into home insulation and paper products. New cans and appliances can be made out of aluminum cans. Recycling of plastics can be done to obtain different products like new plastic bottles, toys, clothing and carpets. Glass can be melted into new glass.