USA: New Single-Stream Material Recovery Facility for Chicagoland

Since several weeks Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) operates its new material recovery facility in the village of Forest View, Illinois.

Receiving 110,000 tons per year of residential and commercial material from the Chicagoland area, the company also serves all 605 Chicago public schools and eight city colleges.

The single stream system, which LRS officially opened in mid-March, was designed, engineered, manufactured, and installed by Canadian-based Machinex. As reported by the provider, the system includes sorting technologies, such as a series of disc screen separators: a Mach OCC, to sort the cardboard; a Mach One to separate the newspapers; and a Mach Ballistic to be used as a finishing screen to increase the quality on mixed fibers. The Mach Hyspec Optical Sorter sorts PET bottles with an efficiency up to 98 percent, the information says. Also included into the system are ferrous and non-ferrous separators to sort metal containers, a Closed Door Baler for plastic film, and a Glass Cleanup System to obtain marketable glass. Lakeshore also chose the new Machinex High Capacity II-Ram Baler. The capacity of the system is reported to be 22.5 tons per hour.

Serving Chicagoland for over 17 years and headquartered in Morton Grove, Illinois, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) collects, diverts and recycles more than two million tons of waste per year. The company operates six Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks, and is run by over 540 full-time employees.

Since the early 1980s, Machinex designed and installed machinery for material recycling facilities. The company has realized “over 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia”.

Photo: Machinex