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Overview effect of Single Stream on Plastics Recycling and Recycling in General. By Tamsin Ettefagh Of Envision Plastics. First: Who is Envision Plastics?. Started in June 2001 Bought FCR and Union Carbides Plastic Recycling Plants

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Overview effect of single stream on plastics recycling and recycling in general

Overview effect of Single Stream on Plastics Recycling and Recycling in General

By Tamsin Ettefagh

Of Envision Plastics


First who is envision plastics
First: Who is Envision Plastics? Recycling in General

  • Started in June 2001

  • Bought FCR and Union Carbides Plastic Recycling Plants

  • Upgraded and expanded the Reidsville FCR plant with integrating the Union Carbide equipment

  • Went from a low of 36 employees and 1.8 million pounds per month to 60 employees and 4.5 million pounds per month

  • Second Plant started in Chino, CA -October 2001


What does envision do
What does Envision Do? Recycling in General

  • We wash HDPE Bottles

  • Approximately 2,500,000 bottles each day are ground, washed, sorted and extruded into pellets each day by both Envision Plastic Plants.


The colors we see
The Colors we see Recycling in General

  • Envision works with over 250,000 shades of color to develop the colors we sell.

  • There may be several thousand shades of a color that makes up one color we sell month in month out.

  • Envision Sorts 45,000,000 flakes per hour

  • Which is close to a million flakes per minute


Now onto single stream with a preview

Now onto Single Stream with a Preview Recycling in General

A Look Back

Current Trends

Residential Collection

Processing and Marketing

Single Stream

Collection and Processing Advantages and Disadvantages

Looking Forward

Conclusions


Definitions
Definitions: Recycling in General

  • Curb Sort: Each individual recyclable was sorted at the curb into different compartments on the truck.

  • Dual Stream: Fiber was separated from containers into two different compartments on the truck.

  • Single Stream: Fiber and containers commingled together in the same recycling compartment on the truck.


A brief history
A Brief History Recycling in General

  • Late 1800’s - Recycler’s went through cities ringing a bell on horse drawn carriages collecting from residents paper metal and clothing.

  • 1950’s - Many cities had residential newspaper pick-ups separate from the trash. These generally faded out over 10 years.

  • Mid 1980’s - Modern curbside dual stream programs became popular

  • Early 1990’s - First single stream program began in Phoenix AZ.

  • Late 1990 - Early 2000’s single stream taking off across the country.


Collection trends
Collection Trends Recycling in General

Recycling Bins > Recycling Carts


Manual automated
Manual Recycling in General> Automated


Processing
Processing Recycling in General

SINGLE STREAM MRF Tipping Floor


Transport conveyor
Transport Conveyor Recycling in General


Pre sort station
Pre-Sort Station Recycling in General


Post sort station
Post-Sort Station Recycling in General


Marketing
Marketing Recycling in General


Looking forward single stream
Looking Forward: Recycling in GeneralSingle Stream

  • In 1997, there were approx. 4 single stream recycling programs across the U.S. Now, there are over 95.


Advantages
Advantages Recycling in General

  • 1. Cost of collection is lower

  • Easier for the resident to recycle

  • Increases recycling rates

  • Encourages innovation in recycling equipment

  • Increases the tonnages for MRF’s to process


Lower collection costs
LOWER COLLECTION COSTS Recycling in General

  • 2. Ability to utilize fewer, larger containers

    and collect more tons for less money

  • Less driver turnover / better attendance

  • Less driver worker compensation claims

  • Automated bin pick averages 800 to 1000 homes per day with one driver while the old dual stream system averages 400 to 600 homes per day with driver and helper


Better for the resident
BETTER FOR THE RESIDENT Recycling in General

3. The newer wheeled containers have over 5 times the capacity and ease moving the recyclables to the curb

  • Lids keep material dry and contained

  • Convenience encourages participation


Increases recycling rates
INCREASES RECYCLING RATES Recycling in General

  • 4. Tonnage increases from 25 to 100% when

    single stream is implemented

  • Example: City of Los Angeles (East Valley district) changed from dual stream to single stream in 1998. Net recycling tonnage went from 1900 tons per month to 4500 tons per month.


More advantages to single stream for plastics
More Advantages to “Single Stream” Recycling in GeneralFor Plastics

5.With effective promotion, a single Stream program:

  • Simplifies the educational message

  • Increases recovery of PET and HDPE bottles

  • Reduces non-bottle plastic contamination such

    as glass, grit, and dirt.

  • New Technology has made it easier to sort multiple commodities


Improved recycling equipment
IMPROVED RECYCLING EQUIPMENT Recycling in General

  • Single stream has forced the recycling industry into new innovative sorting processes:

    • Disc Screens

    • Air classification systems

    • Trommel screens

    • Eddy-current and magnetic separators

    • Optical automated sorting is now being tested at select locations


Disadvantages
Disadvantages Recycling in General

  • Processing costs are higher

  • End products are more contaminated


What are some of single stream s weak points
What are some of Single Stream’s weak points? Recycling in General

  • If the education and wrong equipment are in place then the millage loss increases for the MRF and the Mill.

  • The Paper Mills state that there were 39Million pounds of Plastics sent to their paper mills that came from Single Stream What type of Plastic needs questioning?

  • The Glass cullet has increased the wear and tear on the Paper Mill’s equipment’

  • The Glass cullet from single stream has more mixed colored which in turn makes it harder to market and due to other contamination there have been weak spots in Glass’s Final product.


Higher processing costs
HIGHER PROCESSING COSTS Recycling in General

  • All commodities are mixed together so it requires more labor to separate

  • Extra MRF space is required as sorting systems are much larger

  • Initial investment in sorting equipment is high. The newest single stream lines cost more than $2,500,000 without land, balers, and installation


Paper mills and single stream
Paper Mills and Single Stream Recycling in General

  • Recently completed study by AF&PA states overall system wide expenses increased an average of $3/ton for paper collected in single stream programs:

    • Curbside collection costs average $15/ton less

    • Sorting costs at MRF average $10/ton more

    • Mills operating and maintenance costs increased an average of $8/ton ($50 million annually)


Why consider single stream for plastics

Why Consider “Single Stream” Recycling in GeneralFor Plastics?

The #1 problem that plastic recyclers face is lack of raw material…(PET & HDPE bottles)


Why consider single stream for plastics1
Why Consider “Single Stream” For Plastics? Recycling in General

A problem facing communities is that recovery rates for plastic bottles are declining despite an increase in pounds of plastics generated each year…

  • Look at the fuel cost today and what it would have cost to pick up the curbside separated vs the single stream


Why Consider All Plastic Bottles as part of Single Stream? Recycling in General Because 96 % of all plastic bottles are PET and HDPE!


Increased in contamination
Increased in Contamination? Recycling in General

  • HDPE and PET bottles constitute a higher percentage of all plastic material collected

  • Percentage of non-bottle rigid plastic containers are typically decreased; e.g. films, bags, trays


So why consider single stream
So Why Consider “Single Stream”? Recycling in General

  • For the Consumer

  • More responsive service

  • Ability to add commodities

  • Local contacts in some cases

  • No sorting for the hauler

  • More convenient when same day as trash pick up

  • Lower cost for hauling


Increased contamination at the mrf with single stream
Increased Contamination at the MRF with Single Stream? Recycling in General

  • Not if the program is properly launched with education and follow up.

  • Not with holding consumers accountable by leaving contaminates in the bin or Cart in the beginning


With education consider
With Education consider Recycling in General

  • Full training of Staff

  • Doorhangers

  • Articles and Press Releases

  • Information in the delivered bins or carts

  • Stickers on bins and carts about what is not allowed

  • Web Page

  • Follow up press releases

  • Leaving materials in bin with a check off list preprinted sticky


Increased contamination at the mill with single stream
Increased Contamination at the Mill with Single Stream? Recycling in General

  • Not if the Mrf used the right equipment and followed up with feed back to the hauler about the contamination.


Summary conclusions
Summary Conclusions: Recycling in General

COLLECTING SINGLE STREAM:

  • Allows a simplified message

  • Can increase household participation

  • Increases capture of PET & HDPE bottles

  • Improves operating costs per ton when more pounds are processed and lowers cost to the consumer

    5. Diverts more tons for recycling and less tons to the landfill


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