Industries Served

Refuse and Recycling Industry

Kloeckner Metals is proud to supply metals to the North American refuse and recycling industries.

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The Recycling & Refuse Industry

According to the EPA, recycling and refuse account for nearly 757,000 jobs, $6.7 billion in tax revenue, and $36.6 billion in wages. Recycling and refuse products include transporters, specialized processing facilities, and manufacturers of various recycled products. Recycling and refuse are unrecognized pillars of our society and environmental and economic success stories. Kloeckner Metals is proud to service both industries.

Products Serving the Refuse and Recycling Industry Industry

Services Provided to the Refuse and Recycling Industry Industry

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Special Equipment Serving the Refuse and Recycling Industry Industry

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are recycling transporters?


    Recycling transporters are vehicles or equipment that are used to collect, transport and deliver recyclable materials from collection points to recycling facilities. These vehicles or equipment may include trucks, trailers, containers, and other specialized equipment that is designed to handle recyclable materials. The type of recycling transporter used will depend on the specific materials being collected, the distance they need to be transported, and the recycling facility they will be delivered to. Examples of recycling transporters include:

    • Collection trucks: These are vehicles that are used to collect recyclable materials from curbside or drop-off locations. They may be equipped with specialized containers or compartments for different types of materials.
    • Roll-off containers: These are large containers that are typically used for commercial or industrial recycling. They are delivered to the location where the materials are generated, loaded with recyclable materials and then transported to a recycling facility.
    • Compactor trucks: These are trucks that are equipped with a compactor that is used to compress recyclable materials, making it possible to haul larger quantities of materials in a single load.
    • Trailers: These are vehicles that can be attached to a truck and used to transport recyclable materials. They can be open or enclosed and may be equipped with specialized features, such as tarping systems, to keep the materials contained during transport.
    • Conveyor belts: These are equipment that can be used to move recyclable materials from one point to another, they are commonly used in transfer stations, recycling facilities and material recovery facilities.
  • What is a specialized processing facility?


    Recycling processing facilities can vary in size and design, depending on the type of materials they are processing and the equipment they use. However, in general, they typically include the following components:

    1. Material receiving and storage area: This is where recyclable materials are delivered and stored prior to processing. The materials may be sorted by type, such as paper, plastic, or metal, and stored in large bays or containers.
    2. Sorting and pre-processing: This is where recyclable materials are sorted, separated and pre-processed according to their type, size, and quality. The goal is to separate different types of materials and remove any contaminants or non-recyclable materials.
    3. Size reduction and shredding: This is where recyclable materials are broken down into smaller pieces, typically through the use of shredders or granulators. This step is necessary for materials that are too large to be processed further, or to make them easier to handle.
    4. Processing and refining: This is where recyclable materials are processed further to remove impurities, and to create a form that can be used to make new products. For example, aluminum cans are crushed, washed and melted to create ingots of aluminum that can be used to make new products.
    5. Baling and packaging: This is where the processed materials are packaged into bales or other forms that are easy to transport and store.
    6. Shipping and storage: This is where the baled or packaged materials are stored temporarily before being shipped to buyers or manufacturers who will use them to make new products.
    7. Quality control: This is the final step of the process, where the materials are inspected and tested to ensure that they meet the quality standards required by manufacturers and buyers.

    The design and layout of a recycling facility will depend on the type of materials being processed and the equipment used. Some facilities are more automated and use conveyors, robotic arms and other advanced technologies, while others are more manual and rely on human labor.

  • How is PVQ steel plate used in the recycling & refuse industry?


    Pressure vessels are used in landfill gas processing.

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