Our History

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, BHS designs, manufactures and installs processing systems tailored to extract recyclables from the waste stream.

BHS is building the largest, most rugged and highest performing MRFs in the world.  As a result, our customers are leading the industry with the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates achieved anywhere.  Simply put, our customers realize higher profits than their peers.

This early experience gave BHS insight into processing various types of material streams, knowledge that would prove invaluable as we set our sights on a new and emerging market – extracting recyclables from waste streams.

 

 History of MRFs

 

The beginning
BHS’s history of pairing innovation with common sense has enabled thousands of companies to literally cut through the clutter. From the start, BHS gained rapid acceptance as a prominent supplier of functional, high quality conveying and screening equipment for the forest products and power generation industries – complete systems that featured the industry’s only inline screening.

 

Innovation: Changing the game
The growing demand for innovative solutions to automate the recycling industry prompted the company to apply our innovative, patented screening technology to mixed recyclables and municipal solid waste (MSW) industry in the early 1980s. Shortly after, BHS designed and installed the first modern single-stream processing system in the United States – a blueprint that has defined the industry.

 

Recycling Facility History

 

Vision: Becoming the leader
The early success of our customers drove BHS to invest even more resources in the recycling industry.  Continued innovation and our vision of becoming the world’s premier MRF supplier has led to better equipment, more efficient systems, and higher performance. Our loyal customers have grown to expect the highest standards, and we’ve delivered.

 

History of Materials Recovery Facilities

 

Innovating for the future
As we look toward the future, we see waste management companies, recyclers, and municipalities around the world facing changing material streams,  unprecedented diversion expectations and a new drive toward creating energy from waste.  BHS continues to set the pace by developing innovative solutions to these challenges, ensuring our customers will lead the industry now and in the future.

 MRF History

 

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York, PA – November 1, 2017 – – Penn Waste is all systems go after adding new optical sorting and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to the company’s state-of-the-art Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in York, Pennsylvania. Provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

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SUEZ UK Opens Aberdeen Recycling Systems

Aberdeen, Scotland – October 24, 2017 – – SUEZ’s Recycling & Recovery UK Division recently started-up two new systems located at the Altens East Industrial Estate south of Aberdeen, Scotland. The turnkey Single Stream and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) systems provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) process 20-tonnes-per-hour (tph)

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BHS Announces New Video Series

Eugene, Oregon – September 27, 2017 – – Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has launched the BHS Value Series, a series of six videos that gives viewers an inside look into the real value-drivers behind a materials recovery facility (MRF) investment.

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BHS Selected for Puente Hills MRF

LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2017 – – The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) have selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install a new materials recovery system at the Districts’ Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility (PHMRF).

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BHS Systems Win Gold, Silver Excellence Awards

Eugene, Ore. – August 22, 2017 – – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards for the best recycling systems built in North America.

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BHS Names Rich Reardon Managing Director of Max-AI™

Eugene, Ore. – July 5, 2017 – – Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has named Rich Reardon Managing Director of Max-AI™. During Reardon’s decade long career with BHS he has served as BHS’ Director of Sales and Marketing and most recently as Southwest Regional Sales Manager and Plastics Market Specialist.

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BHS and NRT Introduce Max-AI™

Eugene, Ore. and Nashville, Tenn. – April 18, 2017 - - Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced the arrival of Max-AI™ technology, an artificial intelligence that identifies recyclables and other items for recovery.

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Cleanaway opens Perth Super MRF

Perth, Australia – May 31, 2017 – – Cleanaway has opened a new 50-tonne-per-hour Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Perth, Western Australia. Designed, manufactured and installed by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

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BHS Adds Europe’s #1 Channel Baler to Product Offering

Eugene, Ore. – January 26, 2017 – Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) have reached an agreement appointing BHS as the exclusive distributor of Kadant PAAL’s high-performance balers to Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the United States and Canada.

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