Single Stream Recycling
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Global Plastic Recycling is expected to reach $64,139.7 million by 2024, growing with a CAGR or 8.6%. Overall, the industry generated $41,238.8 million in 2018
The worldwide market for Waste Paper Recycling generated $41,700 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 3.0% over the next five years reaching $49,900 million.
The North American Paper, and fiber market has seen a large recession due to several factors, but it was most drastically affected by China’s import policy changes in 2017. Stricter contamination requirements and lower import volumes have driven down the demand and are stressing recyclers to find ways to increase the purity of their bales. Paper is selling as low as $0/ton or less in North America. The need for efficient single stream recycling systems is more pressing than ever.
The North American OCC market is seeing a similar recession as paper down to $25/ton in 2019 from a high of $105.84/ton in 2017. The global recycled glass market was valued at $2.64 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $4.76 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2020 to 2025. Metal recycling globally is expected to grow at a 7.5% CAGR from 2019 to 2025. North American scrap metal recycling is 19.3% of the global market.
Overall, high purity levels are hard to achieve due to highly contaminated infeed material and careless sorting systems of recyclable materials at the initial bins. The global industry is restricting their intake and only accepting high purity materials, putting more emphasis on efficient high-quality sorting.
So, how does single stream recycling work? The original idea behind single stream recycling is that the purity would be offset by the total volume. However with the newer restrictions this is becoming a much larger hurdle than originally planned. Unfortunately, as many companies are still improving their single stream recycling equipment, some markets must send away as much as 25% of the material they collect to the landfill.
Fluent Conveyors produces both standard manned sorts from 3 man to 12 man as well as custom semi-automated sort systems to aid in the single stream recycling process. To give you the most efficient recycling systems, Fluent sorting systems have been designed from the ground up with purity and efficiency as the main goals in handling waste management. This allows for the most valuable bales and the least down time, creating a short ROI and a productive facility. Fluent conveyors designs slider bed conveyor belts, trough idler conveyors, roller chain conveyors, manned sort platforms, live bottom bins, mezzanines, and chutes/hoppers. Fluent Conveyors sorting systems can be designed with belt magnets, eddie currents, glass breakers, fines screens, ballistic separators, optical sorters and more.