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Boulder County Upgrade Their MRF with Machinex Optical Sorters


Machinex has supplied equipment for a major upgrade of the container line at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Boulder County, Colorado. The upgraded system has been processing material since the end of August 2017 and has its official ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

System Upgrade

The facility, which processes 25 tons of material per hour, receives over 45,000 tons of recyclablesfrom single-stream collection per year. The County decided to modernize is container line to maximizerecovery on plastics and decrease manual sorting. In order to meet the customer’s needs, Machinexhas provided two MACH Hyspec® Optical Sorters. The first one ejects PET and PP, while the secondone ejects HDPE and mixed plastics. A Machinex Eddy Current was also installed upstream of theoptical sorters to sort aluminum cans.

According to Chris Hawn, Executive Vice-President of Sales & Business Development at Machinex:“There are multiple equipment manufacturers in this plant so this is another example that Machinexis not afraid, and is always ready, to perform major retrofits or upgrade existing systems that don’t have Machinex equipment in the first place.”

Rick Kattar, Recycling Operations Analyst at Boulder County, comments: “We are pleased with the superb performance of Machinex and its sub-contractors with regard to the recent MRF processing system upgrades. It is with great pride that we accomplished the retrofit upgrades with little operational disruption and a keen awareness of the importance of working in partnership to achieve our goals. Machinex worked diligently to maintain a transparent action plan that always engaged theCounty and its operator, EcoCycle, throughout the duration of the project. The County has been especially pleased with the customer centric approach Machinex has employed to assure our clear understanding of the challenges, as well as ready solutions if required.”


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