AITKIN, MINN. - TeeMark Corp. of Aitkin has introduced a container crusher for recycling or disposal that uses 30,000 pounds of force to compress five containers into the space of one. Gerry Delaney, sales and marketing manager for the company, said the machine can be used on either metal or plastic containers, although it is more effective on metal since they do not rebound like plastics.
``We have done plastic containers from 5 gallons on down to 1 gallon, though.'' he said.
The machine punches a hole in the container and thencrushes it, squeezing all residues from it.
The company manufactures machinery for recycling and compacting cans and containers and compacts hazardous wastes inside of drums.
Japanese firm using Pure Tech system
SOMERSET, N.J. - Container recycler Pure Tech International Inc. will provide PET recycling technology to a diversified Japanese machinery company.
Somerset-based Pure Tech announced it has licensed Komatsu Ltd. of Tokyo to use and sell Pure Tech PET bottle recycling equipment in the Far East.
Komatsu will set up a bottle recycling plant using Pure Tech's sorting and screening methods with the goal of selling recycled PET into the Japanese sheet and fiber markets.
Lou Haggis, vice president of Pure Tech, said he could not provide details on the deal, or on the size, location or volume of the Komatsu recycling facility. Komatsu also plans to market the combined machinery and processes elsewhere in the Far East, Haggis said.
Pure Tech now has licensing agreements for its technology in Canada, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Komatsu makes and markets construction equipment, industrial machinery, components, electronics and computer software, and provides civil engineering, and had $8.3 billion in total revenues in fiscal 1994.
Free-Flow now using closed-loop recyeling
CITY OF COMMERCE, CALIF. - Free-Flow Packaging Corp. has begun closed-loop recycling of expanded polystyrene for the first time at its City of Commerce plant.
Until the closed-loop operations began in late April, the company had only manufactured its Flo-Pak-brand foam ``peanuts'' at City of Commerce from pelletized materials shipped into the Southern California plant.
Debby Hill, corporate recycling manager, said the source material now is being brought in from locations around the region for the first time.
The company manufactures recycled foam packaging peanuts in plants in Redwood City, Calif., Thornton, Ill., Newark, Del., Atlanta and City of Commerce.
Each plant has capacity to produce about 6 million pounds of material per year.
Old shopping carts targeted for reuse
DES MOINES, IOWA - Target Inc., the discount retailer based in Minneapolis, has begun selling its own shopping carts off its shelves.
The company began taking its used and broken plastic shopping carts, which are made of high density polyethylene, to Blueberry Plastics Inc. in Des Moines where they are processed into a range of products that are then sold in Target's stores.
John Neubauer, president of Blueberry, said the company has ground and cleaned plastic from about 1,500 shopping carts since the program began in January. The company pelletizes the HDPE and then contracts with molders to make products, such as a line of gardening tools, and a line of pet dishes made from the shopping carts and dairy pails.
Neubauer said the company processes about 5 million pounds of scrap plastic per year, including HDPE, low density PE and others.