In 2009, Recycling Works expanded it's recycling capabilities by adding a state-of the-art recycling facility right in our backyard located at 605 Mason Street, Elkhart, Indiana. Home to an advanced single-stream recycling process, this facility processes recycling materials collected from municipalities and subscription customers throughout Michiana, as well as within a 100-mile+ radius of Elkhart.
Recycling Works processing includes a series of mechanical screens, magnets, eddy-current separators, optical scanners and hand pickers for sorting and processing recyclable paper, glass, plastics, aluminum and metals. As materials move along conveyor belts, a set of screens separates the paper and cardboard while crushing glass items. Powerful magnets remove tin, steel and other metal. Reverse magnets known as eddy currents cause aluminum cans to fly off the conveyor belt and into a bin for bundling. Separated items are collected and compressed into bales for shipping to paper mills, metal smelting operations, and plastic and glass reclaimers who further process the recycled materials for reuse in the marketplace. The new technology greatly increases the recovery of recycleables. The facility will be able to process over 450 tons of material every day.
The separation process also greatly reduces the amount of contaminated products, such as soiled newsprint, that would have to be thrown away. As much as 98 percent of all the collected items are recycled.