PUEHLER G.200 Drainage Press from WEIMA makes its U.S. Debut

metal 27.09.2022

A company called Custom Recycling is not far from WEIMA’s North American headquarters. This recycling facility is tucked into nineteen acres of trees and farmland. It is home to an entire team of individuals with one goal: to take residual metal scrap from companies in the area and divert it from going to the landfill. The facility is also home to a PUEHLER G-series drainage press from WEIMA—the first of its kind in North America!

Founded with growth in mind

Custom Recycling was founded thirteen years ago, not far from its current facility in Monroe, North Carolina—just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. As it expanded its recycling capabilities, the company needed to find more space. It moved across the Carolina border to York, South Carolina, where it found room to grow. It can still serve the Charlotte metro area from this location, where 43 employees report to work each day.

York, SC

A variety of materials

From steel to copper to aluminum and beyond, Custom Recycling recognizes that each material or manufacturing process is different. Because of this, it specializes in tailored recycling solutions for each customer. A one-size-fits-all mindset is often ineffective, and Custom Recycling is always up to the challenge of finding a solution that works. As an added benefit to its customers, Custom Recycling established its own in-house trucking company in 2016. This adds flexibility in transportation of the scrap and allows the company to offer its customers set prices from start to finish. The fleet consists of seven trucks that strive to pick up material within 24 hours of receiving a call for service.

“We like to keep our recycling programs as easy as possible for our customers—we include shipping, handling, labor, everything.”

-Doug Jaffray, Purchasing Executive of Custom Recycling and Director of Transportation for Custom Trucking and Hauling

Finding value in new places

Recently, the company added a PUEHLER G.200 drainage press from WEIMA to its York facility, which processes pallets of filled aluminum cans that were rejected from local beverage suppliers and canning lines. These cans would typically be dumped out by hand or discarded into a landfill were it not for this unique machine.

The drainage press empties the filled cans and compresses the aluminum in one step. This makes it possible to recycle the valuable aluminum, which can be made into new things!

The G.200 drainage press was commissioned in early 2022.

The control panel is equipped with a touchscreen HMI.

The machine is loaded via forklift.

A no-waste process

The company receives out-of-spec cans (also called “UBCs” or “used beverage containers”) from local beverage manufacturers and distributors. These cans are often underfilled, out of date, or the containers are misprinted. Two employees dump the cases of full cans from their cardboard packaging into a tipping device used to load the hopper of the drainage press. The machine punctures the cans within the hopper, and the liquid drains out of the machine while the aluminum is simultaneously compressed into 200 mm discs. The discs are baled and left to dry out for 2-3 weeks, at which point they are sold to a metal mill for further processing. The cardboard packaging is also baled and sent to be recycled.

The discs are sent to the baler to be compressed even further.

The UBCs are pressed into 200 mm discs.

The baled discs are set out to dry for 2-3 weeks prior to being sent to a mill for further recycling.

The cardboard used to transport the UBCs is baled and recycled.

When Custom Recycling’s management team realized there was an untapped market within the UBC sector, they reached out to WEIMA for a solution. Luckily, both companies are within the same county of South Carolina, so partnering on this project made sense.

“It has been a great partnership! WEIMA has been great to work with. While looking for a solution in separating the liquid and aluminum for our full beverage cans, we came across WEIMA. Luckily, they were local and invited us the next day for a demonstration. Instead of waiting for [a machine] to be built, they allowed us to purchase their floor model, so we didn't have to wait.”

-Tim Weaver, CEO/Owner of Custom Recycling

Looking to the future

The UBC recycling portion of the business makes up only 2 percent of Custom Recycling’s overall process. The company processes between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds of product per day in this part of the business, showing how much recycling truly takes place on this campus! When asked what was next for Custom Recycling, Operations Manager Jeff Jaffray did not hesitate in his answer.

Members of the Custom Recycling team

“Custom Recycling is always looking for new technology to help process faster and more efficiently. I am sure we will partner with WEIMA in the near future on another piece of equipment in order to do so.”

-Jeff Jaffray, Operations Manager of Custom Recycling

As always, WEIMA will be ready!

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WEIMA America, Inc.

3678 Centre Circle

Fort Mill, SC 29715


Additional Information

More than 40,000 machines sold worldwide! WEIMA has been manufacturing robust shredders, briquetting and drainage presses for the disposal and processing of all types of waste for more than four decades. Our machines include single-shaft shredders, four-shaft shredders, cutting mills, briquette presses, packaging and drainage presses. The popular orange machines are used in the wood, plastics, paper, metal and waste-to-energy industries.

Made in Germany. Built for the world.

Shredders, briquette and drainage presses from WEIMA are exclusively made in Germany and come from production plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Every year, more than 300 employees work on around 1,200 customer solutions from around the globe. We have long-standing sales and service locations in the USA, Poland, India and China. More than 80 representatives supplement this global presence.

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