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New AV Technology Gives an Inside Look at Kent County’s Recycling Program

By  November 8, 2017
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The Kent County Recycling and Education Center serves as the primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan.

The Kent County Department of Public Works has set a bold goal to reduce landfill waste by 90 percent by 2030, and is working towards that goal through the Kent County Recycling and Education Center’s education programs. Custer Inc. recently installed new video technology at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center that gives employees, volunteers, community members and school groups an in-depth look at the county’s recycling program and how materials are sorted every day.

“The Kent County Recycling and Education Center plays a vital role in supporting the sustainability of our community by making recycling more accessible to residents and educating the community on how to reduce waste,” said Mike Christe, AV technology sales at Custer. “We wanted to introduce audio/visual upgrades to help community members get an up-close look at the recycling process while ensuring safety.”

Cameras are installed throughout the Kent County Recycling & Education Center to demonstrate different aspects of the recycling process for staff, volunteers and community members. Kent County Department of Public Works engaged Custer to replace outdated analog equipment and to further improve the facility’s technology. Custer implemented new digital technology including two displays, projection screen, control panel, four HD cameras and an iPad mini 4 to control all audio/visual equipment. The new AV technology makes it easy for staff to show recycled materials coming into the facility, and can pan out and zoom in on the conveyor belt to see what employees are picking out. The goal of the new technology is to give visitors an up-close, real-time view of the recycling process.

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Custer provided new digital technology including two displays, projection screen, control panel, four HD cameras and an iPad mini 4 to control all audio/visual equipment.

“We welcome thousands of people into our facility every year, so it’s important to have technology that can help us educate our visitors and show them the recycling process,” said Kristen Wieland, communications and marketing manager at the Kent County Department of Public Works. “Video technology is a critical component of showing residents and businesses the impact of recycling. Custer installed tools that are simple to use so we can spend more time engaging with visitors instead of wrestling with technology.”

“I recently toured the Kent County Recycling and Education Center and was impressed by the video tour and how it helps people understand the enormity of what can be recycled,” said Harvey Gershman, a solid waste management consultant at Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc., part of the team creating a master plan for a new sustainable business park in Kent County. “A big part of successful community recycling programs is making sure residents know how to recycle and that it’s accessible. Custer’s innovative video system allows people to see what goes into recycling and reinforce the importance of separating the many recyclable materials properly.”

The Kent County Department of Public Works is creating a master plan for a new sustainable business park in Kent County that would use recycled materials and reclaim and convert waste materials. Kent County’s Recycling & Education Center is the primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan. The center’s processing system effectively sorts recyclables from curbside bins and drop-off recycling centers and prepares materials to be sold to processors.

Kent County Recycling and Education Center tours are about an hour long and include a classroom discussion about recycling and a view of recycling equipment in action from the observation deck. For a less structured visit to the Center, stop by on Monday afternoons between 1-5 p.m. for recycled crafts and activities. The facility offers a safe, clean environment to learn about recycling. Tours are free. Learn more at recyclekent.org.

See this story in the Grand Rapids Business Journal and Waste 360.

To learn more about Custer’s AV technology services, visit www.custerinc.com/technology.

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