Non-recyclable and bulky items that can’t go through the system are pulled out.
A screen separates the cardboard using rotating discs. Smaller objects fall through and continue on.
A finishing screen separates out 2-D objects (paper). 3-D containers fall through and continue on.
A strong magnet removes steel cans and separates them into a holding bin.
An eddy current separator repels aluminum cans and foil from the conveyor and into another holding area.
An optical sorter uses cameras and sensors to separate plastics by resin code (type).
Glass bottles and jars are shattered throughout the process. The shards fall below and are separated out.