A pioneering scrap recycler in the Midwestern U.S. has incorporated high-performance atomized misting technology for dust suppression at its 29-acre site in downtown Holland, MI, collaborating with Dust Control Technology to develop previously unavailable remote control capabilities.

The enhanced control better serves the unique layout and workflow of the facility, making dust control even easier and more efficient for operators moving material.

PADNOS has been re-purposing recyclable materials for more than 100 years, serving industrial and commercial accounts throughout the U.S., as well as consumers in and around Michigan. With 21 locations, the company accepts a wide range of materials, including paper, plastics, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, such as iron, steel, stainless, copper, aluminum and brass.

Now in its fourth generation of family management, the firm strives to leverage a century of scrap management expertise, implementing industry best practices for optimal efficiency, while maintaining the highest level of environmental stewardship. As part of that philosophy, PADNOS is constantly developing and refining its approach to fugitive material management, with a goal of preventing the escape of any dust or spillage that may be generated by its activities. In late 2012, the company researched equipment to bolster its open-area dust suppression capabilities.

“The site is about 29 acres,” explained Purchasing Director Bruce Karger. “We handle primarily metals at this facility, such as scrap from stamping plants and other metalworking operations, as well as peddler scrap from our smaller yards,” he said. “Most of it comes in by truck, and it’s moved by front loaders and cranes.”

The loaders feed a shredder and a large shear. Both have integrated dust suppression, but the outflow dries fairly quickly, especially in hot weather. Subsequent handling of the shredded material inevitably creates dust, which can migrate long distances if left unchecked. Surrounded by businesses and neighborhoods, company officials wanted to take proactive measures to ensure that dust would not create a nui