TULSA, OKLA. - Phillips Plastic Recycling Co. has installed a new automated plastic sorting system at its Tulsa recycling plant. The system, made by Magnetic Separation Systems Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., will unbale, declump, screen meter and sort post-consumer high density polyethylene, PVC and PET.
The system is the first whole-bottle sorting machinery at the facility, and will enable the plant to accept a wider range of bottles.
Phillips Plastic Recycling, a unit of Phillips 66 Petroleum Co., was established in 1992 to reproc-ess HDPE bottles from Oklahoma and neighboring states. The plant handled more than 100 million containers in 1995, Bill Briden-dolph, manager of the Tulsa facility, said by telephone.
The plant has capacity to process 40 million pounds per year, and in the past has accepted only presorted bales of PVC, PET and HDPE.
``The MSS BottleSort system will allow us to expand our supplier base, by accepting commingled bales, in addition to pre-sorted materials,'' he said.
The system at Tulsa sorts clear and colored PET, PVC, and natural and mixed-color HDPE, at the rate of 5,000 pounds per hour. It also keeps a count of how many containers it sorts into each category.