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The Countrywide Recycling Inc. (www.countrywiderecycling.ca) plant at 900 Nebo Road in Hamilton, Ontario is a 60,000 square foot indoor material recovery facility (MRF) that specializes in the recycling of renovation, construction and...


The Countrywide Recycling Inc. (www.countrywiderecycling.ca) plant at 900 Nebo Road in Hamilton, Ontario is a 60,000 square foot indoor material recovery facility (MRF) that specializes in the recycling of renovation, construction and demolition (C&D) material. The company, which provides advanced indoor recycling of C&D waste to the public, disposal bin companies and transfer stations, bills itself as a “dump and go” recycler — meaning customers drive onto their scales for weighing as they head in and out, and simply dump their material on the tip floor with no sorting required.

According to John Voortman, General Manager for Countrywide, commingled material is first separated into various streams, including wood, metals, plastics, cardboard, shingles, drywall, fines, aggregates and more. Clean wood is ground into two-inch sizes (or less) and used as a fuel in boilers, mulch for horticultural purposes, or is sold to the wood pellet industry. The fines and/or residuals may be used as an alternative daily cover or roadway for landfills or biomass.

The plant can handle 800 tonnes of material per day. Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) designed and installed all the plant equipment; the conveyors and grinders were manufactured by them. Including plant, trucking and office staff, the plant employs 45 people. Moving equipment includes three Mack tractors and a Mack roll-off, a Peterbuilt hook lift, three moving floor trailers (two of which are Titan) and three dry vans.

Processing

C&D waste is dumped indoors on our tip floor. The excavator then loads the material onto the line, which is fed onto a taper slot (by Action) that separates everything 12-inches and less. (Anything larger is conveyed up to the picking room.) The 12-inches-and-minus is conveyed to the Action trommel; one-inch screens separate the dirt and fines. Material then goes up to the Action air knife “dense out” where the heavies (brick, cement and block) are separated and sent to another line. The balance goes to the line that leads to the picking room.

“That’s where the magic happens,” says Voortman, noting the speed and dexterity of the worker’s hands on the picking line.

Plant Manager Dave Burtt oversees approximately 25 people who separate out the clean wood, metal, cardboard, plastic, non-ferrous metals, etc. Burtt checks incoming loads for LEEDs reporting and, along with John’s wife Marie Voortman, helps prepare reports for the environment ministry.

After the clean wood is ground it goes through a series of conveyors, then under a Dings earth magnet to remove any metals (nails, screws, nuts and bolts). President and Operations Manager Joe Lopes is responsible for all the trucking, both tractors and roll-off, and overall maintenance in the plant. Lopes also takes care of a list of special equipment: a Case 9440 and 240 cx excavator, loaders (Cat 924s), forklifts, one Terex 842 telescopic boom, and a Bobcat. The plant also has two weigh scales supplied by Best Weight Scales of Brantford, Ontario.

With all the demolition, construction, and renovation taking place in southern Ontario, Countrywide is well positioned and well equipped for continued growth in the foreseeable future.

Guy Crittenden is editor of this magazine. Contact Guy at gcrittenden@solidwastemag.com


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