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Abstract

A new process system began operation at the Eaglebrook Plastics, Inc. facility in January 1992 that provides automated identification and separation of postconsumer plastic bottles and containers derived from baled and whole bottle sources. Since that time a number of these automated separation systems have been installed, and are in operation. This paper describes automated plastic separation systems that are currently in operation, provides operating data from the plants, and discusses advances in plastic separation methods currently under development.