In fall 2018, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions unveiled its new 49,000-square-foot technology center in Norwalk, Conn., which underpins its commitment to its customers and the waste and recycling industry, features a 18,000-square-foot test facility outfitted with two processing lines capable of replicating in-plant operations and includes a 18,000-square-foot receiving and storage facility for material to be tested.
“When we began this project, we did so with a commitment to support our customers,” said Erik van Dijk, executive vice president of Van Dyk, in a statement. “We took a very long-term view on this project. Like many of our customers, we’re privately held and debt free. This allows us to think and make investments for the long term. The technology center represents a unique facility that our customers will benefit from for a very long time. It is very much an investment in their success.”
The processing line includes two separate infeed conveyors that feed different lines armed with four TOMRA optical sorters (each with different technology), various screens, an elliptical separator and an air system.
The receiving and storage facility allows customers, brand owners and others wishing to conduct tests to have their material delivered to the testing facility. Once materials are onsite, tests can be run to demonstrate results.
For example, tests may be run to understand how sorted office paper can be made from mixed paper, to understand the recoverability of certain consumer packaged goods packaging from the recycling stream, to validate the purity levels of PEF fuel products or to perform glass cleanup from contaminants.
As of December 2018, Van Dyk has been performing material tests for customers.