The new Metro Waste Authority (MWA) MRF processes 25 tons per hour of single-stream recycling from more than 100,000 residents in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area.
Establishing a State-of-the-Art Recycling Operation
To create a successful operation, MWA emphasized advanced technology, a commitment to education and strong industry partnerships.
CP Group was selected to provide the innovative sorting system: one that would capture more material, reduce contamination and provide safe working conditions.
Fractionate, Liberate, Separate
MWA’s new, innovative system follows the design CP Group’s design principles for the successful recovery of commodities with lower operating costs.
Eliminate the Presort
CP has pioneered their newest machine, the Auger Screen, in a single-stream environment to eliminate presorting. This means MWA’s process requires no traditional presort.
This non-wrapping machine fractionates material, increasing sorter safety by removing small fraction, including contamination like needles and sharps.
MWA is the first residential facility with patented non-round augers, which agitate material and create clean OCC product, omitting the need for an OCC screen.
OCC Quality Control
The overs of the OCC auger screen go to a combined postsort/OCC QC. This eliminates the need for multiple sorters and sort stations.
The unders of the 6” primary auger screen go to a glass breaker, which removes the fines. These discs are specialized, long-lasting cast-chromium steel discs.
This air drum separator for glass processing is very low maintenance and uses air to remove contaminants from glass.
These high-volume optical sorters have belt speeds processing at 1,000 feet per minute with the capability of more than 1,000 picks per minute, the fastest in the industry.
Optical sorting separates and recovers polyethylene terephthalate, high-density polyethylene and mixed plastics with minimal manual sorting.
Low Maintenance / High Performance
This system emphasizes low maintenance, utilizing non-wrapping cantilevered auger screens and anti-wrapping disc screens to fractionate/liberate material and high-capacity optics to make yes or no decisions.
The system is performing exceptionally well, reducing contamination early in the sorting process, allowing MWA to produce great output for material sales.
Interactive Education Center
The education center features an exhibit space that includes kiosks, infographics and a hands-on sorting activity where visitors of all ages can learn about recycling.
Engaging Art Installation
The center also boasts a vibrant mural designed by a local artist, an observation deck above the sorting floor and multipurpose space for community meetings.
Enclosed Tip Floor
The tip floor spans 27,600 square feet and is completely enclosed to prevent blowing litter and protect the material from rain and snow.
This facility will improve recycling and benefit metro communities throughout the state for years to come.