CP Group supplies system to award-winning MRF

For the third consecutive year, a facility with a CP Group system has received a SWANA Gold Award.

CPG-logo-with-SWANA-medalsSAN DIEGO, CA (August 3, 2016) – For the third year in a row, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has awarded the Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category to a recycling system developed by CP Group.


The 2016 Gold Excellence Award in Recycling Systems was won by Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center, located in North Las Vegas, NV. The system features next-generation separation technology designed, manufactured and installed by CP Group.

The massive 70 tons per hour recycling center, recognized as “North America’s largest and smartest residential recycling center” is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclables per day.


“The new system is a powerhouse,” says CP Group’s Patrick Nicol, Lead System Engineer of the system. “It is a dual-line recovery facility, designed to adapt to the ever-changing recycling stream. We are very proud of our partnership with Republic Services and applaud them for the investments made to advance recycling capabilities.”


“This Gold Award three-peat speaks for itself,” says Terry Schneider, President and CEO of CP Group. “Naturally, we’ve always believed our systems were far ahead of the curve. These awards are confirmation that the recycling industry agrees with us.”


CP Group’s previous award-winning systems include: Dem-Con single stream system (2015 Gold Award); PVT Land C&D recycling system (2015 Silver Award); and Republic Services’ Dallas/Fort Worth Recycling Center (2014 Gold Award).



The Excellence Awards will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CP Group director of sales and marketing receives 40 Under 40 award

AwardAshley Davis, director of sales and marketing for CP Group, San Diego, has been recognized with a place on Waste360’s first annual 40 Under 40 awards list, which the publication says showcases the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space who are shaping the future of the industry.

“The Waste360 40 Under 40 awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in the waste, recycling and organics industry has made a significant contribution to the industry,” according to Waste360. “The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policymakers and product suppliers.”

A panel of judges from Waste360 evaluated more than 400 nominations and consulted with an external advisor to select the 40 winners.

The winners were announced at WasteExpo 2016, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event. Davis was presented with the award June 8 at the Waste360 40 Under 40 Reception, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Davis has been with CP Group for six years. Having spearheaded various initiatives in the marketing and sales departments, she has been recognized for her vision, creativity, determination and initiative, the company says in a news release.

Last year, Davis was promoted to the title of director of sales and marketing, overseeing all marketing initiatives and managing all sales efforts for the company.

In June, she received her executive MBA from San Diego State University.

“Ashley and her generation are the future, not only of our company but of our industry,” says Terry Schneider, CEO and president of CP Group. “Her focus and passion has already helped our company make a significant mark on the industry, and I look forward to what she will do in the future.”

“We congratulate all of the professionals we’ve recognized,” says Waste360 Editorial Director David Bodamer. “And we look forward to watching them chart the course for the industry in the years to come.”


MSS CIRRUS optical sorter achieves high score in independent study of shrink-sleeved PET bottles

CIRRUSMSS Inc., a world leading manufacturer of optical sorting equipment, recently achieved the highest average sorting performance against five competitors, in an independent study. The results of this study were presented at the APR Technical Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 1st, 2016.

The test was intended to determine whether a new type of polyolefin-based shrink label for PET bottles, manufactured by UPM Raflatac, could be commercialized in the current PET market with the existing infrastructure. The test also determined whether the labels could be properly separated both by resin and color.

This testing was facilitated and performed by Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC, an independent full service testing and R&D company serving the plastics, packaging, recycling and consumer products industries.

The evaluation was carried out at the testing centers of six optical sorter manufacturers. The testing involved several trial runs of sample bottles, as well as other runs of sample bottles mixed in with random PET and Non-PET plastic bottles.

The testing focused on the identification of PET bottles of various colors (substrate) behind the partially or fully sleeved label of various colors, and whether they could be positively or negatively sorted as separate categories.

The MSS CIRRUS achieved the highest average test score (88.2%) amongst the six optical sorter manufacturers, as shown in the bargraph below.

“This study further underlines that the MSS proprietary CIRRUS NIR + Color sensing and identification hardware and software are superior to other technologies, including NIR cameras and channelized scanners,” says Felix Hottenstein, MSS Sales Director. “And it does apply to flake sorting applications as well.”

“The CIRRUS is MSS’s latest generation of high-resolution NIR, color and metal sensor technology,” says Greg Thibado, MSS Vice President. “This technology allows MSS to offer solutions for some of the toughest sorting requirements.”

The full report and public presentation of the results in PDF format are available from MSS upon request.

MSS is a division of CP Group. CP Group designs and manufactures material recovery facilities and recycling equipment for Single Stream Recycling, Construction and Demolition Waste, Commercial and Industrial Waste, Waste to Energy, Municipal Solid Waste, Electronic Scrap, Auto-Shredder Residue, and more.


CP Group Earns MRF of the Month with ReCommunity Memphis

Source: Resource Recycling

The City of Memphis, known as the final resting place of the King of Rock and Roll, the home of Sun Studios and Stax Records, as well as savory southern cooking, is also the home to Resource Recycling’s July 2013 MRF of the month. ReCommunity Memphis opened in 1996 and recently received a single-stream processing retrofit completed in January.Memphis Material Recovery Facility

The new equipment was designed, manufactured and installed by San Diego, California-based CP Group. At full capacity, the 20-tons-per-hour processing line is capable of managing upwards of 90,000 tons of material annually. In 2013, the MRF is expected to process 20,000 tons of material, up from from 2012’s total of 15,000 tons. The material mix for the facility is approximately 65 percent fiber and 35 percent commingled containers.

The MRF handles recycables from over 850,000 residents participating in single-stream curbside collection and drop-off programs in the City of Memphis and the surrounding communities of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Hernando, Lakeland, Olive Branch and Southaven. ReCommunity Memphis also processes many hard plastics, including large plastic toys, plastic lawn furniture and 5-gallon or larger plastic pails or containers. In addition, small plastic containers, Nos. 1-7, aseptic cartons and metal pots and pans are processed at the plant.

ReCommunity Memphis also collects and processes commercial recyclable materials, leveraging its client-tailored collection programs, which have strengthened ties to the Memphis business community.

The system managing that material includes CP-manufactured screens to handle OCC, newsprint and for separating fibers from containers. It also includes two MSS Aladdin optical sorters for separating and recovering plastics and cartons and a glass cleaner.

single stream recycling

The most common obstacle the MRF faces is the dreaded plastic bag, particularly in keeping the sacks separated from fiber. The 40,000-square-foot facility currently has a residue rate of 7 percent.

ReCommunity currently has 31 employees working one shift, five days a week, but the facility has the capacity to run two 10-hour shifts per day.

Technical Specifications

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Start-up date: Originally opened in 1996, retrofit to single-stream in January 2013
Number of processing lines: One
Throughput: 20 tons per hour
Tons of material processed in 2012: 15,000 tons, expected to process 20,000 in 2013

Residue rate: 7 percent

CP Group Earns MRF of the Month with Burrtec Victor Valley

Source: Resource Recycling


Located in southwestern San Bernadino County at the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert, Victorville, California is known as the “Key City of High Desert.” During the Gold Rush, the town provided shelter and supplies for travelers making their way across the desert from the east to San Bernadino. Now, the city of 115,000 is home to the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility, which processes recyclables for the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Victorville and San Bernardino County.


Owned by the Town of Apple Valley and City of Victorville, the MRF was constructed and equipped
almost two decades ago by system revenue bonds issued by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling
Authority. Burrtec Waste Industries operates the 38,400-square-foot facility and provides collection services toInfeed Conveyor
the surrounding communities.

The 20-tons-per-hour, single- stream processing line was designed and installed by CP Manufacturing and handles commingled materials from residential single-stream curbside collection. The facility processed just under 30,000 tons of recyclables in 2012, with a mix of 71 percent fiber and 27 percent containers.

The MRF also manages source-separated materials from commercial entities, as well as operating a buy-back operation for California redemption value (CRV) containers of all types (aluminum, glass, PET, HDPE water jugs), as well as corrugated cardboard and newspaper. The facility’s “Recycle Alley” drop-off area also accepts unwanted end-of-life electronics, clean clothing and shoes, scrap metal, mixed paper and mixed bottles, cans and plastic containers and tubs, Nos. 1-7.

The facility has many of same issues that most MRFs face, with nuisances such as plastic bags and other items that wrap around and jam screens, such as cords, hoses or wood. The facility has a residue rate of 25.5 percent. The Victor Valley MRF currently has 38 employees working one shift, five days a week.


Technical Specifications:

Victorville, California
Start-up date:
Number of processing lines:
20 tons per hour
Tons of material processed in 2012:
29,875 tons
Residue rate:
25.5 percent

CP Earns MRF of the Month with ReCommunity Tucson

Source: Resource Recycling 

Just 60 miles north of the Mexico-U.S. border, the metropolitan area of Tuscon, Arizona is home to just under 1 million residents. And, located just outside of
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, south of downtown, is also the city’s newest materials recovery facility, ReCommunisingle stream recycling conveyors ty Tucson.

The 60,000-square-foot MRF handles mostly single-stream collected recyclable materials from the region’s residents and multi-stream recyclables from area businesses. The facility was built to service ReCommunity’s service partner, the City

of Tucson, in a very quick construction cycle – just 200 days from groundbreaking to processing materials.

The MRF was designed, manufactured and installed by the CP Group, and features three-deck scalping screen, a three-deck OCC screen, a thre-edeck glass breaker screen, a glass clean-up system, an Eddy Current Separator, as well as conveyors and platforms engineered and produced by CP Manufacturing. It also has an MSS optical sorter and a two-ram baler supplied by IPS Balers.

The system was designed by CP with the flexibility to grow in the future, such as the addition of another optical sortation device or another baler. The MRF also i ncludes a brand-new education center to promote recycling education and elevate community engagement. According to ReCommunity Tucson, the company is “constantly working to upgrade the facility and expand the list of acceptable items so we can divert more material from the landfill, and enable our community partner to generate more revenue and create more jobs.”

ReCommunity Tucson has approximately 30 “team members” working one shift, five days per week.

Technical Specifications:

IPS two ram baler

Tucson, Arizona

Start-up date:
July 2012
Number of processing lines:
25 tons per hour
Tons of material expected to
be processed in 2013:
Over 50,000 tons
Residue rate:
17 percent