Brookhaven, NY, home to one of Long Island’s first dual-stream recycling systems, recently invested in upgrades to their existing container processing line under the new ownership of Winters Brothers Waste Systems. Jeff Nella, Winters Bros. GM, commended Green Machine® and Winters Bros. tenured employee, Billy Brennan, for executing what he called a “swiss army knife” approach to recycling systems integration.
The Brookhaven system currently processes 30 TPH of commercial and residential single-stream materials. The new container sort line, built on the back-end of the system, processes 10 TPH of unpicked recyclables remaining after front-end fiber sorting.
Revolutionary to the recycling industry, is the deployment of a patented Green Eye® Optical Sorter that, with a push of a button, has the ability to pick containers or fibers, and direct each to the appropriate location on the system. Winters Bros. finds it extremely valuable to process their 10 TPH of containers, and then have the ability to enhance fiber-rich material streams missed by the front-end system. Additionally, another Green Eye® Optical Sorter was deployed in sequence to pick remaining OCC and integrate it with the cardboard sorted on the front-end. Future plans include deploying Green Eye® Robotic Sorters to pick remaining valuable plastics.
Jimmy Winters, Owner of Winters Brothers Waste Systems, says, “Communities in our area are collecting their recyclables mixed (single-stream), separated (dual-stream) with or without glass, along with commercial streams of all types. We feel confident that our new processing system is ready for virtually any material stream dropped on our tip floor.”