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Recleim eyes early ’15 SC recycling plant start

Keywords: Tags  appliance recycling, Recleim, Douglas C. Huffer, Lisa Gordon


PITTSBURGH — Recleim LLC is expected to open its $40.6-million appliance recycling operation in Graniteville, S.C., by the first quarter of next year.

Recleim is nearing completion of the construction phase of the 110,000-square-foot facility at a former textile plant (amm.com, Feb. 26, 2013).

Construction is expected to be completed by the first week of August, with equipment starting to arrive shortly after, president and general manager Douglas C. Huffer told AMM. "It’s a really exciting project and we have been working diligently on the retrofit," he said.

The Atlanta-based company has selected Germany’s Adelmann Umwelt GmbH and Kornmarken, Denmark-based Lesni AS to supply equipment, which will be capable of capturing and destroying 99.9 percent of fluorocarbons in-house. Adelmann said it is the first U.S. company to purchase its technology.

Once completed, the facility is expected to be able to recycle 95 percent of an appliance’s weight. Appliances will be pre-processed, with higher-valued items such as compressors and aluminum racks removed and segregated, while metals will be sorted and shredded and foam will be pelletized. The appliance shredding system will use an eddy current system as well as optical sensors to detect and sort nonferrous metals.

"We are now lining up feedstock suppliers and started discussions with companies that will be buying our supply," he said. It has just landed a contract to be the exclusive recycler for Irvine, Calif.-based BSH Home Appliances Corp.’s East Coast and Midwest distribution centers.

The facility will be capable of recycling 60 million pounds of appliances annually.


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