A single-stream recycling system, designed by San Diego-based CP Group, has been opened at the Robert C. Shinn, Jr. Recycling Center at the Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Burlington County to process 60,000 tons per year.
Construction of the single stream recycling system began on February 17, 2014 and was completed on January 23, 2015. The lead contractor on the project was Dandrea Construction, Inc., based in Berlin, N.J.
Burlington County’s Regional Recycling Program serves approximately 162,000 households from within 40 municipalities.
The single stream system will process paper, cardboard, glass, steel, aluminum and plastic containers from residents, collected in one bin.
Materials will then be sorted at the center using “advanced sorting technology” from the CP Group, including a drum feeder, multiple screens with proprietary disc technology, glass trommel and glass cleanup system, multiple magnets, 2 MSS Aladdin™ optical sorters, and two Two-Ram balers.
Joseph Bender, executive director of OTC, said the system will meet the needs of the county for the next 15 to 20 years and that “studies show that single stream brings with it an increase of 10% or more in recycling”.
Since 1982, the OTC has operated Burlington County’s Regional Recycling Program. In 2014 alone, it saved county municipalities $3.38 million in avoided landfill disposal costs, according to CP Group.