Australia: A New “Super MRF” Plant for Perth

It is estimated, that Perth’s population will reach 3 million by 2020. Then the city’s households and businesses will be producing more waste than ever before.

This is one of the reasons why Australian Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd. has opened a new 50 tons per hour Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Western Australia. Designed, manufactured and installed by US-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) the multi-million-dollar facility, known as the Perth MRF, is able to process 250,000 tons per year – enough capacity to sort all of the city’s residential recyclables, the operator is convinced. According to Cleanaway, the Perth MRF is the most advanced recycling facility in the Southern Hemisphere, the technology provider underlined. “The system applies an abundance of recovery technologies to achieve high rates of throughput while maximizing the recovery and purity of recycled commodities,” the American company gave account. “BHS Tri-Disc™ screens are the core of the sorting process, screening out glass and producing clean paper and container streams. The Debris Roll Screens are employed early in the process to quickly break and remove the high volumes of glass that are typical in Australia, which is then purified by two Nihot Single Drum Separators. NRT optical sorters are employed in both recovery and quality control applications throughout the plant. Two new ColorPlus-R optical sorters, able to analyze the color of opaque objects, remove small cardboard from the news stream.” To achieve Cleanaway’s high standards of over 97 percent recovery of plastic containers whilst meeting purity rates in excess of 98.5 percent, six SpydIR optical units target fiber and polymers to produce PET, HDPE and mixed plastics.”

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