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

CP Group Earns MRF of the Month with Casella Rutland

Source: Resource Recycling single stream system

Located roughly in the middle of the Green Mountain State, 45 miles west of New Hampshire and 20 miles east of New York state, Rutland, Vermont is also home not only to the Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Facility upgraded just over a year ago, but is also the headquarters of the owner of the MRF, Casella Waste Systems.

The 58,000-square-foot recycling facility manages materials collected from a variety of residential subscription, commercial and municipal customers throughout Vermont, eastern New York and western New Hampshire. The materials, which are approximately 70 percent fiber and 22 percent commingled containers, are primarily collected from single-stream programs, though some materials come from dual- or multi-stream collection programs.

The facility’s 15 tons-per-hour separation system, designed, built and installed by CP Manufacturing, Inc., has three lines: a mixed fiber line, one for newspaper sortation and a comingled container line. The system includes OCC and mixed paper screens, a Harris Badger baler, a Javelin eddy current separator and a Dings Mag Drum magnet wheel. The company expects to process over 30,000 tons of materials in 2013.

Material Recovery Facility
The MRF has an average residue rate of 8 percent and when asked what the biggest issue the facility has to deal with, Casella’s director of marketing, Marc Okrant, said “Though film or plastic bags can be difficult to handle, at the Rutland MRF we’ve become very effective at collecting and baling them for market.”

When the facility was built, the building was retrofitted for energy savings, including installing occupancy sensors for all internal and external lighting. Okrant also noted that the company will soon be adding capacitors to the MRF in order to conserve energy during daily start-up.

“Under Vermont’s recently-enacted recycling legislation, Act 148, haulers will be required to offer recycling along with trash pick-up and municipalities will be required to have public recycling receptacles alongside trash receptacles,” said Okrant. “Having single-stream processing with ample capacity provides a convenient recycling outlet for the additional materials to be extracted from the waste stream in order to comply with the new law.” The Rutland, Vermont’s Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Facility has 25 full-time employees working one shift five days a week.

Technical Specifications:

Rutland, Vermont
Start-up date:
November 2011
Number of processing lines:
15 tons per hour
Tons of material expected to
be processed in 2013:
Over 30,000 tons
Residue rate:
An average of 8 percent

Recycling Systems are Getting Smarter, the CP Group is Pioneering the Intelligence

The CP Group announces the release of the i-MRF™

May 15, 2012

The CP Group, San Diego, CA, is proud to announce the release of their newest software intelligence that is making material recovery facilities (MRF) “smarter”. The CP Group designs, manufactures and installs advanced recycling sorting systems for the waste and recycling industry- and is ready to implement their system intelligence, or the i-MRF™, into recycling facilities.

Bob Davis, CEO of the CP Group says, “We at the CP Group have identified the need for material recovery facilities to become more intelligent as a necessary step in the evolution of this increasingly competitive industry. Our goal is to give our customers the ultimate competitive advantage, and this is achieved through the implementation of our i-MRF™”.

In early 2012, the CP Group acquired systems integration company, Advanced MRF, to ensure they are uniquely qualified to make the i-MRF™ a success. The CP Group has committed talent and resources to the successful development of the i-MRF™, and the team expresses their excitement to roll-out the intelligent operating and controls package.

Richard Price, General Manager of Advanced MRF, says, “We are enthusiastic about how this systems intelligence, encompassed by the term i-MRF™, is going to improve our customers’ operations by giving them the tools they need to improve their bottom line”.

Some of the key benefits of the CP Group i-MRF™ are based on seamless data-acquisition and control of processing equipment across the plant floor, combined with real-time reporting for the enterprise level and integrated diagnostics for the operators, all accessible via internet based technologies.

Davis continues, “This systems intelligence really places us in a league of our own, as we are the only MRF manufacturer that can truly offer these capabilities. We are continually taking steps to proactively answer the demands of the industry, which assists us in keeping our reputation as being a global leader in designing and manufacturing MRFs”.

Price says, “This is the tip of the iceberg, we are ready to implement ‘phase 1’ of our i-MRF™, and continuing to develop more advanced capabilities to be released at a later date”.

For more information, please visit www.cpmfg.com or contact Ashley Davis at AshleyD@cpmfg.com or by telephone (o): 619.477.3175. Connect with The CP Group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheCPGroup or Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/theCPgrp