Besides installing a new toilet, I had the opportunity to attend the open house for Rocky Mountain Recyclers yesterday. They expanded their existing building and added new state of the art sorting machines.
First the garbage is dropped on the "Tipping Face," then scooped by the loader into the machine
It is then pre-sorted by hand
It goes through a series of conveyors that sort
This optical sorter scans the product and uses discharges of air to pull out #1 and #2 plastic
This machines launches cans off the belt so they can be bailed into huge cubes
There's a magnet to pull out ferrous metals
Everything is then bailed and shipped out by rail car or semi-trailer