Midwest Fiber Opens New Single Stream Recycling Center

NORMAL, IL—Midwest Fiber Recycling will celebrate the grand opening of central Illinois’ first Single Stream recycling facility on September 16-17, inviting business partners and the public to tour its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The plant features a 15-tph processing system designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems.

The 86,400-square-foot facility serves as a Single Stream recycling hub for all of central Illinois, serving more  than 14 communities within a 100 mile radius, says Todd Shumaker, one of the owners of Midwest Fiber. The MRF began processing materials in late July and includes new offices and an older commercial processing operation. “It turned out really well,” Shumaker says.

The MRF is a major expansion and investment for the family-owned company, which began processing recyclables 21 years’ ago with two employees and a small plant in Decatur, Shumaker says. The company now has 75 employees and three recycling facilities —one in Peoria, one in Decatur and the new MRF in Normal.

The grand opening events feature a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, an Open House and a Community Shred Day along with refreshments, giveaways and tours.

Before choosing BHS to supply their system, company officials toured other facilities and carefully considered design proposals from other manufacturers, Shumaker says. “The design of the BHS system really met our needs,” he says. “We especially liked that it had a smaller footprint than other designs. And the equipment is manufactured in the US. That was important to us.”

The company configured the building to maximize use of the space and to fit the custom-designed processing equipment layout. “We spent a lot of time with BHS designing the system,” Shumaker said.

The plant was built to accommodate growth, Shumaker says, adding that the companyplans to add another shift to the  one it is currently running and projects that within five years, Single Stream recycling will add an estimated 72 million pounds per year to the 201 million pounds of materials Midwest Fibers currently processes, an overall increase of 35%.

The BHS system uses the latest in patented screening, air and optical technologies to ensure maximum recovery and purity of recyclables at high throughput rates. Recovered materials include cardboard, newsprint, mixed paper, plastics and metals.

BHS is a major supplier of processing systems for the solid waste, recycling, wood products/compost and waste to energy industries and continues to develop new  generation products and systems, while adding to an extensive list of patented technologies.

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