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Sims launches big, new recycling plant

Sims Recycling Solutions has powered up its new e-waste recycling facility in Mississauga, Ont., its first modified SRS bulk handling facility in the Americas.


February 10, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

Sims maintenance manager Adrian Flachi checks out shredded separated plastics from TVs and monitors.

Photo: Sims Recycling Solutions/Rodney Daw

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.: Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) has powered up its new e-waste recycling facility in Mississauga, Ont., its first modified bulk handling facility in the Americas.

At full capacity, the 287,000 square-foot plant, using advanced recycling technology, will process annually 75,000 tonnes of televisions, computers, audio and other electronic products discarded by Ontario and northeastern US businesses and households.

The company says the plant, three-times the size of Sims’s facility in Brampton (25,000-tonne capacity), will add 100 to 200 new “green” jobs in Ontario be the primary receiving point for Ontario’s mandated waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) program. Sims would not reveal how much it has invested in the plant, but described it as a “multi-million dollar facility.”

The Ontario government requires companies that make and market electronics in the province to register, report and pay fees to operate the program, which diverts 44 different products from landfill through a network of recycling and reuse partners.

Cindy Coutts, president of Sims Recycling Solutions Canada says there’s an opportunity to recover, reuse and recycle an estimated 42,000 metric tonnes per year of WEEE in Ontario alone.

Sims has invested in three new technologies that will yield better recycling rates at lower processing costs, including a fully mechanical CRT processing line, capable of handling 20,000 pounds per hour; a full primary metals separation line that includes the company’s newest metal separation technology; and a plastics separation line that doubles the current rate.

Over the past five years, Sims Recycling Solutions has recycled more than 45 million kilograms of WEEE. Globally, Sims processed more than 400 million kilograms last year.

SRC is a subsidiary of Sims Metal Management, a $7.5 billion Australian company, the world’s largest metals recycler.

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