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Re: "rag rope" waste reduction -Reply
Thanks for your feedback on rag rope. The process you described
is exactly the same as Jackson Paper's process in NC. I do feel they
could keep the baling wire out of the hydropulper, but it does
appear to play a key role in aiding the removal of the other
contaminants in the pulper - plastics, tape, etc.
My client is having two additional challenges with this process.
First, alot of fiber pulp is carried out on fiber bundle. I was
thinking that the the hot water feed (or a portion of it) could be
redirected to "wash" the rag rope as it is being pulled out of the
pulper. This could help reclaim pulp and make a cleaner product if
it were ever to go to a steel recycler. Has your client consider such
a modification? Secondly, the local landfill were the rag rope is
disposed is closing by the end of the year, and Jackson Paper is hard
pressed to handle the material as efficiently as possible. They may
consider baling the rag rope for better transport, but the
guillotine used to periodically cut the rag rope does not work very well.
Typically someone manually cuts the rag rope with a torch. Any
thoughts for improved waste handling?
I'll forward responses to you. Thanks again.
Terry Albrecht, PE
NC Division of Pollution Prevention &
25 Heritage Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone (704) 232-5080
Fax (704) 251-6353