MILPITAS, Calif. -- Installation has begun on what is considered to be the largest and most extensive multi-material processing system in the world at the Newby Island Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Composting Operation in Milpitas, California, owned by Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG)
Republic Services, one of the nation’s top companies in the solid waste and recycling industry, chose Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install the custom-designed, highly-automated system. Installation of the 110 tons-per-hour system began earlier this year at the facility, with operations slated to start later this year.
The system will process commercial material from the City of San Jose, recovering all recyclables and utilizing organic material as feedstock for further waste-to-energy processing, allowing the city to meet its progressive diversion goals. In addition, the system includes capacity for up to 120,000 tons per year of residential single-stream material.
The highly-automated system incorporates the world’s most advanced screening, optical, and air separation technologies and is designed to maximize the recovery of marketable commodities and dramatically reduce the material going to landfill in San Jose. The recovery rate is expected to exceed 75 percent on the commercial lines and 95 percent on the residential single-stream line.
The expansive system consists of four processing lines: a residential single-stream line, a commercial single-stream line, a commercial dry recyclables line and a commercial wet recyclables line. The system also features a glass clean up system and a shared container line with seven optical sorting units.
“Republic is pleased to be working with BHS on this extraordinary project,” says Mark Buntjer, Northern California Recovery and Recycling General Manager at Republic. “This facility is the first and largest of its kind and we’re excited to be at the forefront of the industry, setting the pace globally for multi-material recovery.”
“All of us at BHS are extremely honored to be working with the team at Republic Services on this unique and unprecedented facility,” says Steve Miller, BHS CEO. “It truly is the first of its kind and is a fantastic example of how the scope of our industry is expanding to recover materials from a wide variety of waste streams.”
BHS, headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, is an innovative, worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and installation of sorting components and systems for the solid waste and recycling industries. Our custom-tailored systems reduce labor costs and increase material throughput and recovery rates, creating efficient and economical operations.