From our press release October 19, 2020
Emmet County Recycling began operating a cutting edge sorting line October 12. The line—which features three sorting robots—processes the dual-steam program’s “Containers” stream. The county’s recycle system has been widely looked to as a model and the new sort-line project attracted national attention.
The containers stream includes paper cartons and cups; metal cans, foil and trays; glass bottles and jars; and plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs and trays. The materials are collected curbside and from drop-off sites in Emmet, Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties. They are all delivered to Emmet County’s Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center. In the recycle processing facility there, people and machines along the sort line separate the materials to go to seven different companies in the region, which each use one type to produce new products ranging from detergent jugs to car parts. Non-recyclable items placed in the recycling bins must be removed by the sorters and are then landfilled.
The new line replaces one installed in 2009. Ten years is a long life span for a container recycling sort line and, in addition to worn out equipment, the overhaul was necessitated by many changes over the years. Like most