Fiberight to construct state-of-the-art MSW refinery
April 18, 2018, HAMPDEN, MAINE — CP Group, based in San Diego, CA, will install an advanced material recovery facility and front-end system for Fiberight’s state-of-the-art waste processing facility.
The Hampden, Maine facility is a fully functioning commercial application of Fiberight’s proprietary technology that upgrades MSW into refined energy and industrial products. A 144,000 square foot building is currently under construction and will begin receiving equipment this summer. The
material recovery facility will start up by fall 2018; upgrading processes will be commissioned shortly thereafter.
Fiberight has been working with the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) of Maine since 2013. In February 2015, the MRC approved a development agreement with Fiberight to process 180,000 tons per year of MSW from 83 municipalities and public entities pursuant to a 15-year contract. In January 2018, Fiberight announced the completion of $70 million in project financing for the plant.
The Fiberight facility will feature the latest generation of machinery and technology from the CP Group to recover recyclable commodities and prepare residual waste for further processing on-site. Fiberight anticipates landfill diversion of up to 80%, including recovery of metal, plastic, OCC and other commodities for beneficial re-use or recycling. Other commodities to be recovered include contaminated cellulose, food waste and other organic materials that may be converted into biomass, sugars, market pulp, and biogas.
Terry Schneider, CEO and President of CP Group, says, “We are very honored to be a part of this groundbreaking technological advancement with the Fiberight team. Their forward-thinking approach could change the way the industry processes waste, particularly fiber. We look forward to beginning installation and getting this facility into operation.”
The Hampden facility features a CP Trommel Screen with bag-opening knives, a steel-disc CP OCCScreen™, an anti-wrapping CP Auger Screen used to size material, two reduced-wrapping CPScreens™ for 2D/3D separation, the abrasion-resistant CP Glass Breaker to remove glass and fines, and 4 MSS CIRRUS® optical sorters. Two MSS CIRRUS® PlasticMax™ optical sorters will recover PET and HDPE, one MSS CIRRUS® FiberMax™ optical sorter will sort and clean fiber, and one MSS CIRRUS® will be used as a scavenger optical sorter to recover any remaining commodities.
Craig Stuart Paul, CEO of Fiberight stated, “We are delighted to have teamed with the CP group to create a new paradigm for waste disposal. Our end-to-end solution was made possible by CP’s thoughtful design process and application of the latest generation in front-end waste processing, geared specifically to our needs for downstream material upgrading.”
Fiberight’s technology is the first commercial process to convert organic wastes to biofuel and refined bioproducts. Its technology platform has been demonstrated since 2010 at its Virginia prototype production plant, using MSW feedstock. In addition to the Hampden project, Fiberight is currently involved in the development of similar projects in New England.
Craig Stuart Paul will be speaking about Fiberight’s conversion technology at Waste Expo on Wednesday, April 25, from 1:45-3:00pm in the session A Case Study for Waste Conversion in room N102-N103.
Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Maine, Virginia, Maryland and the United Kingdom. Fiberight’s proven, proprietary waste processing technology converts Municipal Solid Waste into high-value commodities to enable next generation recycling and maximum resource recovery from municipal waste.
Plexus Recycling Technologies commissioned to install system for C&D sorting
ZenRobotics sorting system layout
San Jose-based Zanker Recycling, a national leader in construction and demolition (C&D) materials processing systems and recycling, has announced that its awarding a contract to Plexus Recycling Technologies, the North American distributor of ZenRobotics the world’s leading, and most experienced AI robotics team for sorting waste materials. The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI Robot will be the second to operate in the U.S. and operational by fall 2018.
Zanker Recycling currently handles 2,600 tons of C&D material daily processed through three recycling systems. This high volume taxes the limits of these systems resulting in excessive overtime. By providing a fourth processing line featuring the ZenRobotics system, Zanker Recycling will dramatically increase diversion from landfills and decrease
in overtime and operating costs.
“The advantage of deploying AI robotics to recycling differentiates Zanker from our competitors,” said Michael Gross, Director of Sustainability for Zanker Recycling. “In this case it means identifying the sweet spot where a hybrid mix of our employees and robot delivers the biggest payback, both to the bottom line and also to our employees while
increasing the diversion of recyclables.”
The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI will operate 20 hours per day with total system production at 150,000 tons per year increasing diversion of recyclables by 20%. The operation will only allow a very small amount of human interaction to the sorting process, possibly as quality control, thanks to the two ZenRobotic Recyclers installed on the 3D material
sort line handling the majority of difficult to handle materials.
In a new twist for recycling systems, material feeding will be highly automated from the beginning of the process. The front end will only have to operate 50% of the time to process the inbound material. In the middle of the system are two large dosing bunkers that can store up to 100 tons of material. The ZenRobotics Brain will control these along with all equipment downstream to allow a very smooth-running operation focused on recovery and efficiency.
“This will be the most advanced waste material processing facility in the world,” said Dane Campbell, the project’s System Engineer from T3CHCOMP. “We have combined the very best equipment available, into one fantastic recycling system for Zanker.” Plexus Recycling Technologies will provide key European systems such as the ZenRobotic Recyclers, Komptech Terminator, Komptech Ballistor and Komptech Fines Drumscreen. To bring all of these systems together, along with key equipment from Action Equipment Company, Steinert and Keith Manufacturing, Plexus selected long time C&D system leader, Krause Manufacturing of the CP Group.
“This will be a substantial milestone for all of us,” said Ashely Davis director of Sales and Marketing for CP group. “Bringing the Krause name back to lead the C&D material processing industry again, with such a great team to support Zanker’s automated system will be amazing. We are able to showcase the new Air Drum Separators and superior Glass Breaker fines screen next to technology partner Plexus’s equipment offering.”
The entire system’s PLC Electrical Control will be provided by Hertlein Industries, one the most experienced and knowledgeable teams ever used for controlling and integrating waste material processing systems.
“Zanker’s investment into the newest and best technology available is a testament to the ownership and management of Zanker,” Marcel Vallen, CEO of Plexus and Komptech Americas says. “We could not have partnered with a better organization than Zanker to unveil the power of ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI Robot in California. I am very excited.”
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Denver-based Plexus Recycling Technologies is changing the face of the environmental solutions industry by combining years of experience with premier technologies that solve entrenched problems. It’s not enough to just be the best solution today, at Plexus Recycling Technologies, we look towards the future. As a full line recycling solutions provider, we scour the globe for high end, highly efficient comprehensive solutions so our customers don’t have to.
San Jose-based Zanker Recycling, owned by Zanker Road Resource Management Ltd., is a privately-owned solid waste and recycling company that began operations in 1985 by developing a landfill into a full-service resource management and composting/recycling facility. In 1998, Zanker expanded operations by permitting an adjacent landfill site as a construction and demolition debris processing facility. These two facilities process more than 2,600 tons of mixed debris per day. Currently, Zanker operates four nationally-recognized recycling facilities: The Zanker facilities are national leaders in construction of demolition debris diversion and composting. Through its aggressive and innovative recycling efforts, Zanker diverts more than 80 percent of waste they receive from landfilling.
Technologically Advanced Single Stream and Commercial Recycling System
FRESNO, CA (May 31, 2016) – Mid Valley Disposal, a family owned recycling and hauling company, announces the grand re-opening of its Mid Valley Disposal Elm MRF in Fresno, California. Designed and manufactured by San Diego, California-based CP Group, the recycling system processes 35 tons an hour of residential and commercial material. The system start-up was April 26, 2017.
“We are pleased to have partnered with CP Group and reinvested in the San Joaquin Valley,” says Jonathan Kalpakoff, VP of Mid Valley Disposal. “Increased processing capacity and the recovery of more recyclables will help with our commitment to increase diversion for the communities we serve. We selected CP Group because of their commitment to quality and being a California family business like us.”
The original system was installed in 2001 and processed 20 tons an hour. Due to needs for increased capacity and better recovery, Mid Valley turned to CP Group, who supplied all the new processing equipment. The bunkers, silos, baling system and tip floor pit from the original system were reused in the existing building.
“This system includes some of our latest recovery technologies, including glass processing and optical sorting technology,” says Ashley Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing at CP Group. “We are honored to work with Mid Valley on this project and bring this modern facility to Fresno. It is an integral part of the recycling capabilities offered to the county.”
The advanced material recovery facility features three MSS optical sorters. The CIRRUS® FiberMax™ is used to remove film and other contaminants out of the fiber stream, while the two CIRRUS® PlasticMax™ units separate HDPE, PET, and Mixed Plastics. The system also features proprietary CP disc screening technology, including CP’s steel-disc OCCScreen™, Scalping Screens, and Glass Breaker Screens, along with 1 NewScreen™ and 2 CPScreens™. An air drum style glass cleaner is used to remove the lights from the glass. The system recovers cardboard, mixed paper, glass, PET, and both color and natural HDPE.
“Like myself, the Kalpakoff brothers are third generation in the waste industry. It is rewarding to work with another family-owned company and see recycling progress through the generations,” says Davis.
With its fleet of 165 trucks, Mid Valley serves 89,000 households in Fresno and the surrounding counties. The MRF processes recyclables for half of the City of Fresno, and also for 75,000 households from 3rd party haulers in the counties of Madera, Tulare, King, and San Luis Obisbo.
System is Most Modern Recycling Facility in the Country of Argentina
The City of Buenos Aires, in partnership with San Diego-based CP Group, opened the most advanced recycling system in the country of Argentina. The new 10 TPH residential single stream recycling system began running last October in Villa Soldati, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Since then it has helped the city achieve its sustainability goals.
“It’s the most modern recycling center in Argentina,” announced the Head of Government of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, at the inauguration of the plant in October 2016. “The city has improved a lot in the separation and treatment of recyclable waste,” he continued. “4 or 5 years ago nothing was separated. Today, this system is recovering 400 tons of dry materials per week, and that amount is expected to double to 800 tons per week in 2019.”
The system features CP separation equipment, including the CPScreen™ for 2D/3D separation, MSS Aladdin™ optical sorter, CP Metering Drum, CP OCCScreen™, and CP Glass Breaker Screen with patented Cam-Discs™.
The recycling system is part of the city’s Green Center, a program involved with recovering recyclable materials and providing education about waste treatment processes and its importance in Buenos Aires.
“Throughout the entire process, the City of Buenos Aires has demonstrated environmental leadership as well as a long term commitment to developing a sustainable solution for capturing the valuable recyclables and diverting them from the landfill,” says Dirk Kantak, International Sales Director for CP Group.“Between the City of Buenos Aires, and our local Distributor (Coinsa Construcciones), we could not have asked for two better partners on this successful project.”
The materials recovery facility (MRF) began running October 2016. During the training and commissioning period, CP Group worked closely with the Spanish-speaking local staff to operate and maintain the MRF.
New Advanced Sorting System Brings Increased Recycling Capability to Region
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (April 19, 2017) – Republic Services celebrated its enhanced recycling facility today that will enable Sonoma County to achieve their sustainability goals for years to come. The Sonoma County Recycling Center is capable of processing more than 200 tons of recyclable material per day, and is expected to increase the recycling capacity in the region.
“The new enhanced Recycling Center offers significant environmental benefits to the community and the customers we are fortunate to serve,” said Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services. “We now have the ability to increase recycling efforts, while diverting valuable materials from the landfill. The facility has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which offers a substantial contribution to the community’s climate protection goals.”
The existing 32,000-square foot Recycling Center was expanded with an additional 6,000-square feet constructed by ET Environmental, bringing the new combined square footage to 38,000. The processing system was designed and installed by the CP Group.
The facility offers a variety of features to provide flexible processing capabilities. The equipment includes two material processing options. The first is an in-feed conveyor for collected commercial materials such as cardboard, mixed paper, containers, film and plastics.
The second is a hopper-fed construction and demolition (also known as C&D) conveyance system with multiple sorting stations. The system includes a baler for packaging recyclable materials such as cardboard, mixed paper and other materials. The facility also has a separate bale storage building to protect the finished products from rain prior to shipment to market.
The enhanced Recycling Center was part of a three-year Solid Waste Advisory Group (SWAG) collaborative process between multiple municipalities, the County and a diverse group of public stakeholders. They identified three underserved waste streams; self-haul, commercial dry waste, and C&D waste materials that could be addressed with a robust recycling center and program.
Republic Services of Sonoma County employs 26 employees. They proudly serve over 265 commercial customers as well as thousands of residents throughout the year. Republic also operates the Central Landfill and five transfer stations in the County of Sonoma.
Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to corporate social responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. Republic collects and processes approximately five million tons of recyclables per year at 64 recycling centers nationwide.
To view Republic’s Sustainability Report, go to https://www.republicservices.com/sustainability.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We’ll handle it from here.TM, the brand’s promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.