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The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming


Hilltop Bottle and Can Redemption: Facility Redesign and Automation: The Hilltop Bottle and Can Redemption facility faces a number of current state issues ranging from inefficient, non-standard practices to occasional miscounting and incorrect sorting of the containers. Valuable facility real-estate is taken up by containers staged between the discrete pre-sort, sort, and count steps. While interfacing with customers, employees’ count accuracy is sometimes questioned, employees sometimes struggle with unknown container types, and keeping count can require extra steps and time. A major goal for the RIT engineering team will be to allow for increased container intake across the facility by improving the overall efficiency of the recycling process. This will improve the productivity of the facility and make Hilltop’s bottle and can return business financially sustainable and viable for continued employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Mike Fitch
Director of Strategic Development

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