With the new trommel screen Basic 518, the environmental specialist Doppstadt has placed a basic solution for small and medium municipal environmental services and recycling plants on the market. The innovation has a telling name: The Basic 518 has got exactly what it takes for a first step into the separation of material mixtures.
Recycling Product News chatted with representatives from Rotochopper and Vermeer to learn about the latest horizontal grinder technology available and what to consider when making a purchase.
Consider these facts. There are more than 4,700 facilities composting organics in the U.S., as per the "2017 State of Organics Recycling in the U.S." report released this fall by BioCycle magazine. There are 3,007 counties in the United States, most of which are required to update solid waste management plans on a regular basis. More than half of all U.S. states are in the market for a regulatory update and many of the rest are in the process of updating outdated regulations. That's a lot of regulatory and legislative action on the horizon for the compost manufacturing industry.
Charleston County, South Carolina opened their compost facility in 1989. Back then, the concept was quite visionary and progressive - the idea of a municipality operating a compost site was still rather nascent. But for the first 20 years the outcome was moderate at best, as the operation mostly stockpiled green waste and let time do most of the work. That all changed dramatically in 2011 when they reached out to Darren Midlane of Harvest Quest. After applying Harvest Quest inoculants and committing to the MSAP (modified aerobic static pile) method, Charleston County's composting facility has transformed from the "armpit" of the landfill to a crown jewel of national waste management.
Jeff Barber has worked at the Rapid City Solid Waste Division, in South Dakota, for 18 years and currently manages their yard waste and landfill operations. The division also provides residential collection of curbside recycling and operates an MRF. Barber's team produces three different types of compost, made from incoming MSW (municipal solid waste) or yard waste, including a 50/50 MSW/yard waste mix. The MSW and 50/50 composts are processed in a controlled environment, with the yard waste operation manually watering and turning the material to maintain an aerated, hygienically safe and finished product.
Seattle-area residents can now compost single serve coffee pods with the rest of their food waste. Composter Cedar Grove has approved all coffee pods made using the certified 100% compostable PurPod100™ innovation as the first to be accepted in their residential curbside organics programs serving more than 300,000 households in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
On November 16, Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted a Proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework on the Environmental Registry for public comment. Comments are due on Monday, January 15, 2018.
How does a former mining engineering student become a zero-waste entrepreneur? She reinvents herself.
Maple Reinders is the proud recipient of a Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) National Award for Innovation & Excellence. The City of Calgary Compost Facility, delivered by Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, won the Silver Award for Infrastructure. Awards were announced at the annual CCPPP National Conference on November 6, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.
At the recycling yard, compost plant or for agricultural contracting: the new Doppstadt AK 310 EcoPower shredder is at home everywhere. It processes preshredded trunks, roots and waste wood just as reliably as green waste or organic waste, and is great for substrate processing for turnips, potatoes and dung. The compact, versatile shredder (total weight 16 tonnes) is designed for on-road use and is brought to the work site by truck. On site, it can be moved around by wheel loader - even when there is not much space. The machine is fed by wheel loader, excavator or the front loader on the tractor.
In 2016, Komptech introduced the Topturn X4500, the smallest compost turner in their product line. Komptech built the Topturn X4500 with the same pioneering design, and high-performance qualities of their larger models. Komptech was recently recognized and awarded the Red Dot Award for product design at the 2017 award ceremonies held in October, in Singapore.
The operators of composting facilities are faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, customers are demanding compost of increasingly higher quality. On the other, organic waste contains a steadily rising amount of foreign particles. However, the sorting process begins not at the composting facility but in people's homes as they decide what to put into the organic waste bin. That's why municipalities in particular have to do more to educate their citizens and counteract people's "sorting fatigue." The UniSort Black from Steinert serves as a supplemental quality assurance element in processing facilities.
NEWTON, N.H. - Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) hosted its 2017 Factory Forum October 3rd through 5th at its global headquarters in Newton, putting on live demos and workshops for guests from around the world. The three day event saw guests from Sweden, Brazil, and various businesses throughout the United States, including local customers who partnered with CBI for the live demonstrations.
Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.
A new wheel loader scale that easily installs into the host hydraulic system and features a compact and robust touch-display digital readout that mounts right in the cab is being introduced by Alliance Scale, Inc. of Canton, MA.
The world of organics recycling will be opening its doors to conference delegates to the upcoming NATIONAL ORGANICS RECYCLING CONFERENCE to be held in Calgary Alberta from September 18th to 20th, 2017.
In the early 2000s, John Desrosiers recognized the need for a reliable organics recycling operation in the greater Tampa/Sarasota market in Florida. In their first few years, 1 Stop Landscape Supply would take in green waste and other organic materials and reprocess it into useful mulch and soil amendments. Composting soon followed on a small scale at their 10-acre site. Today, 1 Stop operates a 100-acre facility and has the equipment and expertise to recycle almost any organic waste, and even reprocess concrete into a consistent 250 paver sand. Food waste recycling is next.
MISSISSAUGA, ON - Maple Reinders announced that on June 29th, the Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, achieved substantial completion on time and on budget for the City of Calgary's Source Separated Organics (SSO) and Class A Biosolids in-vessel composting facility. This project was delivered under a DBFOM* Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. In addition to being the first composting facility to be delivered under the P3 model in Canada, it is also the largest of its kind in North America, demonstrating the City of Calgary's commitment to sustainability and the diversion of renewable resources from landfill disposal.
Organics recycling has long left its pioneering days, with the risky early times being nurtured by a roster of individual entrepreneurs, both in the private as well as public sector, who saw the potential, understood the "rightness" and stepped up to make good change happen.