Wright also noted the changes took all the hand sorting out of the process and productivity has increased 30 percent.
"We want to keep up with the public," Wright said. "We take in 130,000 containers per day."
Wright said the changes will allow Tenco to keep up. In the past, the workers couldn't keep up because they always had to sort the items.
To help cover with the cost of the new equipment, Legacy Foundation provided grant money for the project.
"This is a great experience to see the Legacy Foundation support a local nonprofit organization and cooperate with a local business like John Deere Ottumwa Works," Wright said. "This will enhance life and make it easier for the public to bring in cans."