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Reko BV purchased a Vydar Automatic Plastic PVC Flake Removal System from Magnetic Separation Systems Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn.

These machines, when equipped with special fittings, cost around $300,000.

Geleen, Netherlands-based Reko selected Magnetic Separation's removal system in February after testing various PVC sorters.

The six-channel unit includes three special high-density separation channels that provide the PET purity levels required by Reko.

Depending on the flake size and density distribution of the feed stream, the machine can have capacities between 2,640 pounds and 4,070 pounds per hour.

The unit separates neck and wall flake pieces, and the flake then is directed into the unit's six sensor arrays, where PVC flakes are identified and removed by compressed air jets.

``Our policy is directed in the recycling of PET bottles from various European collection systems into high-quality flake for applications such as soft drink bottles,'' Theo Boezeman, Reko's managing director, said in a recent news release.

The 13-year-old company employs 80 and operates eight recycling lines. The company recycles polypropylene, high and low density polyethylene, polycarbonate, polystyrene and PET.

Reko reprocesses 33,000 tons per year.

The sorted plastic, collected from industry, agriculture, automotive and national collection organizations, is used in a variety of applications, including food packaging, pipes and tubing, flowerpots, bumpers, coffee cups and film.

The Dutch recycler is a subsidiary of DSM NV, a virgin resin supplier based in Sittard, the Netherlands.