How Conveyors help the Recycling Industry

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How many of us drink soda or use paper every day? The numbers don’t matter. What matters is what we do with the garbage.

According to statistics, more than 200 million tons of trash is produced each year in the United States. While 75% of this trash is recyclable, only 30% undergoes the process.

Another survey reported that 12.1 trillion sheets of paper are used every year by the U.S. offices.

With the rising environmental concern, recycling industries have played a significant role in waste management and recycling. The recent survey conducted by the EPA concluded that the recycling activities in the U.S. have tripled over the last 30 years, producing 757,000 jobs and $36 billion in a year.

When it comes to recycling, sorting of waste becomes a challenging task. This is when the conveyors step in. Here’s how conveyors are helping the recycling industries:


Gone are the days of tedious processes of manual sorting. The automated conveyors use infrared technology and optical sensors to identify the waste product and direct it to the specific container. The conveyor belts are used to connect the sorting stations to allow efficient separation of waste.


The conveyor system doesn’t require a loader or forklift at the front for moving waste. This eliminates the risk of injury and other safety hazards.

Handling of Heavy Materials

A wide variety of waste materials ranging in multiple sizes is handled by a conveyor every day. The handling of a heavy material can cause wear and tear in the belt and can sometimes result in malfunctioning.

An industry that deals with the recycling of heavy materials can use metal linked conveyor belts to eliminate the concerns related to weight.

Handles Irregular Shapes

When it comes to recycling of waste, there is no predetermined size or shape of the material. This creates a hassle during their handling. Conveyor systems offer an easier solution for handling of waste materials ranging in different sizes.

Rip Resistant

The material used for conveyor belts is rip resistant, which provides protection against wear and tear and protects the belt against rupture.

Speed Control

The speed of the conveyor system can be controlled according to size of the object. This prevents the breaking and falling of materials while they are being moved from one container to another.

Bi-directional Motion

The option of bi-directional motion in conveyor belts can allow the movement of materials in opposite units during manufacturing.

No need for Manual Monitoring

Conveyor systems are equipped with automated inclines that can allow easy unloading without the need for manual monitoring and removes the need for manual unloading.

Whether you need to repair or replace a conveyor belt, Crigler Enterprises Inc. offers customized solutions for all your recycling needs. We have the right equipment and experienced technical staff to plan and implement waste handling of conveyor belts.

We offer reconditioned rubber belt and steel belt conveyors to the industrial facilities in Georgia.

Visit our website to explore your recycling options!

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