Operations have commenced at the 80 tonne per hour Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s (MRWMD) new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), designed and supplied by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS).
BHS explained that the two-line facility processes 30 tph of commercial and residential Single Stream waste, or 40 tph of commercial Mixed Materials. Additionally the Construction and Demolition line handles 40 tph.
The $24 million project occupies 100,000 square-feet (9300 square metres) of the District’s campus, which also includes the country’s first SMARTFERM Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system. THE MRWMD serves an 853 square-mile area and nine member agencies in Western Coastal Monterey County.
The company added that the materials entering the recycling systems continue to increase in diversity while also becoming less predictable. To recover the maximum amount of materials, this system is built for flexible and effective processing.
The recycling line features BHS bag breaking and screen technology to present liberated and consistently sized fractions to Nihot Single Drum Separators which remove contamination from the fiber and container streams. To ensure recovery of high quality paper, an NRT FiberPure™ optical sorter positively sorts either plastic film or paper, depending on the material stream and the operator’s discretion.
NRT’s patented In-Flight Sorting® technology is employed to accurately recover various types of plastics, production decisions that the operator can change based on marketability. All recyclables are baled with a Kadant PAAL Konti baler.
PAAL balers are Europe’s have also been used through exclusive US partnership with BHS signed last year.
“This system is a key component supporting our mission of ‘Turning Waste into Resources,” said District General Manager Tim Flanagan.
“This first-of-its-kind system on California’s Central Coast will provide the regional building industry with compliance for the CalGreen 65% diversion mandate for new construction. It will also provide the incremental diversion necessary for our community to meet the State 75% recycling goal by 2020,” he continued.
BHS CEO Steve Miller added: “The MRWMD has been a longtime partner to BHS and we are honored to have once again delivered a state-of-the-art solution.”
“Processing 80 tonnes per hour is an achievement for any operator, but the District really stands out in its deep commitment to high levels of both recovery and product quality. Their leadership has committed to the technology necessary to achieve their desired results as they continue on their path to a zero waste future,” he concluded.
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