Food Waste Sorting

Food Waste Sorting

Food waste needs to be separated early from any other waste stream, be it at a MSW processing facility, transfer station, composting site, etc. MSS optical sorters have what it takes to automatically clean up even the most contaminated of food waste streams. Our technology, used in combination with mechanical pre-processing and separation systems, is applied to remove prohibitive contaminants, (plastics, metals) from your food waste automatically, and generates a contaminant-free food waste product for composting or anaerobic digestion.

Ultra-Efficient Separation, Powerful Optical Sorters

There are two main areas in food waste processing facilities where MSS optical sorters are in a position to provide added value for our customers. The automated removal of any plastics and metals are two of the most commonly preferred applications.

CIRRUS™ with MaxSelect™

Our newest generation NIR separator, with up to 16x the pixel resolution than other optical sorters. It truly provides optical sorting in high definition! We can also build it wider than any of our other machines. So if you are looking to process high throughputs the CIRRUS™ will provide you with an ultra-efficient and unmatched sorting performance.


MSS has used our own induction-based metal detection technology for more than 30 years in dozens of different applications. The latest generation provides maximum sensitivity at low cost and durability. As a stand-alone unit, the MetalMiner™ provides for the removal of metal contaminants (ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless) from food waste streams.