From empty egg cartons, to thick glass bottles to wispy plastic bags, the recycling and waste management industries see it all come through their doors.
The Problem with Recycling & Waste Handling Conveyor Belts
Unlike in other industries, there isn’t just one product moving through the conveyor systems when it comes to recycling and waste. A high volume of diverse materials travel down the belts, meaning versatility, durability and cost efficiency are a must. Without the right equipment to move these massive amounts of material, the whole system can easily get bottlenecked.
Solutions for Recycling Conveyor Belts
Recycling and waste handling are obviously different from other conveying operations, but to determine the type of belt that will work best we should always start with the same basic questions.
No matter how long the laundry list is, we want to know what it is you are trying to convey. The different materials will determine which belt will last the longest in your operation. For example, if you know powdered glass from broken bottles is part of your load, we’ll want to pick an abrasion-resistant belt compound like polyurethane. For an operation that focuses on mixed plastics, you might consider a PVC belt as an economical choice.
Of course we’ll need to know if you are conveying at angle so that we can suggest and design a cleated belt with patterns that are targeted to transport specific materials. Cleated conveyor belts help recycling plants keep materials in tow and operations humming as scheduled, ensuring a far greater amount of recyclable material gets to its intended destination without issue.
With a large volume of inconsistently sized materials that may have different weights, shapes and effects, MIPR is committed to finding your recycling and waste management operation a belt that is specifically adapted for you.
The Secret Sauce
Belts in this industry are hit with huge loads, abrasive materials and constant use so it’s no surprise when a client comes to us in need of a replacement. We also know that when a belt no longer fulfills its original purpose, that doesn’t always mean its useful life is over.
When customers reach out to MIPR to replace an existing belt we always ask what they plan to do with the belt they will be discarding. Often, we pay to have that belt shipped back to us because many can go on to have long and useful lives in other applications. The secondary market for conveyor belting is a big part of our commitment to sustainability.
MIPR’s Expert Conveyor Belt Team
Whether you are looking for a new belt to improve the efficiency of your operation or want to replace a belt that has come to the end of its time with you, MIPR’s trusted engineers are prepared to meet your needs. We send samples to ensure our belts will work for your specific operation and can even ship the same day!
To discover a custom conveying solution that meets the diverse requirements of your recycling and waste management operation, give us a call at 1-800-540-1846.