A $24 million operation designed to sort single-stream material, mixed waste and C&D debris has opened on the California coast.

Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has started up its new mixed-waste MRF, a 100,000-square-foot facility supplied by Bulk Handling Systems. The district is made up of the following nine member municipalities: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Monterey County, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Community Services District, Sand City and Seaside.

The new sorting facility has two separate lines: The multi-material line processes 30 tons per hour of commercial and residential single-stream recyclables, or it can sort 40 tons per hour of commercial mixed waste. A separate construction and demolition debris line can handle another 40 tons per hour.

The system, which is the first of its kind on California’s Central Coast, will help the communities in that region achieve the state goal of a 75 percent recycling rate by 2020, said Tim Flanagan, MRWMD general manager, in a press release. The C&D capabilities will also help the local building community comply with the state’s 65 percent diversion mandate for new construction.

According to BHS, the system is designed with the flexibility to respond to the evolving ton. It includes BHS bag breaking and screen technologies. The equipment frees material and ensures consistently sized fractions are fed to the Nihot Single Drum Separators, which remove contamination from the fiber and container streams. The facility also includes an NRT FiberPure optical sorter, as well as three optical sorters targeting PET, HDPE and PP.

The baler is a Kadant PAAL Konti, which are widely used in Europe and were introduced in North America last year through a partnership with BHS.

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