Nicos Polymers Group is adding a densifier to boost its recycling abilities to include fibrous materials, light-gauge films as well as woven and nonwoven materials.
The company recently added a used Herbold Condux densifier system, Kevin Cronin, Nicos chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview.
We recycle packaging materials. When thinner gauges go through a traditional grinder, it produces a product that is difficult to handle. So, when we use a densifier it allows us a capability that we haven't had. I think it is a growing area, Cronin said.
The densifying system includes grinders, a rotating disc densifier and an elutriation setup. It passed the testing phase in January.
In a lot of ways it completes our ability to produce recycled product in just about every process, he said.
Nicos reprocesses plastic waste via grinding, pulverizing, blending, palletizing elutriation, fiber separation, and removal of fines and metal. The Nazareth, Pa., firm sells the pellets and regrind.
The company operates out of a 180,000-square-foot facility. It gained national attention when it recycled the nearly 1 million pounds of scrap produced from the Gates Project in New York's Central Park in 2005.
Nicos Polymers Group was set up in July 2007 when New York investment firm CrownBrook Capital LLC combined Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. with Depco Plastics Inc. of Freeport, N.Y.