RethinkWaste Wins Top Recycling Award

The Shoreway Environmental Center, featuring a BHS dual-line single-stream recycling system, receives SWANA’s top honor.

SAN CARLOS, CA – June 20, 2012 –  Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) congratulates RethinkWaste on its selection by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to receive the 2012 Gold Excellence Award for Recycling Systems, the top national award for a recycling facility.

The award recognizes Rethink Waste’s  $46 million project to redesign and construct an innovative recycling and transfer facility at the Shoreway Environmental Center, which now features a 70,200-square-foot Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The BHS single-stream recycling system became fully operational in May 2011, and includes a 30-tph residential line and 20-tph commercial line. The sytem recovers more than 98 percent of available recyclables while achieving uptime in excess of 95 percent while also minimizing landfill waste.  Less than 10 percent of material is sent out as residue.

“It is a real honor and a privilege to receive the top award in the country for our efforts to transform the outdated Shoreway Recycling and Disposal Facility into the Shoreway Environmental Center,” remarked Kevin McCarthy, Executive Director of RethinkWaste. BHS CEO  Steve Miller shared the excitement. “It is terrific to see RethinkWaste recognized for this world-class facility. It is a truly great achievement and a testament to all of the hard work that went into the planning and development and continued operation of one of the most efficient systems in the industry.”

The SWANA Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities for their commitment to utilizing effective technoliges and processes in system design and opeations, among other factors. BHS systems have been awarded the SWANA Gold Excellence Award for Recycling Systems three out of the last four years, including every year that a MRF has been awarded the top honor.                   

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Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). BHS is also the home of Max-AI™ technology, a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.

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