14. Automated Recycling Plants


In 1973, I designed solid waste disposal plants that processed garbage and metal automatically with magnetic metal separators.  Large 40-ton per hour capacity hammer mills would shred stoves and refrigerators into small pieces.  Large tree branches would be shredded and occasional explosions occurred from the combustion of paint and oil cans.  A tire-shredding machine shred tires separately.  Except for metal, all material was packed into a large truck trailers by a large hydraulic ram, and transported to swampy areas for future golf courses. 

In 1990 I made several product disclosures to large paper companies for recycling waste paper.  These automated recycling plants would separate most solid waste and garbage and convey the solid waste into shredders to be transferred directly into rail cars.  Some manual picking can be done to separate some materials and specialty products for recycling, such as electronics, computers, TV’s and monitors.  Car tires were conveyed to tire shredders and grinders and the granules would be conveyed directly into rail cars.  Used oil would be pumped directly into oil tank cars.  Entire freight trains would ship the various waste to recycling plants located in most states.  Approximately 80 automated recycling plants are needed in the United States; over 120 could be built in Europe, and over 180 plants in other countries.  I was told that waste paper recycling plants would involve large investments, even though that tree logs are shipped to the US from Canada and from Siberia in Russia.  The City of Seattle ships the garbage and waste to Eastern Oregon by truck.  This is very expensive.  The city of Los Angeles has been building big hills of garbage just east of the city.  Garbage consists of 70% to 80% paper.  A shoe manufacturer dumped over 3,000 pairs of shoes into a landfill in Los Angeles, in order to maintain high prices.

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