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​RePower South - BHS partnership to add renewable fuel production capability to revamped MRF

New system to support low carbon fuel production, replacing coal; to be operational as early as 2018

​RePower South - BHS partnership to add renewable fuel production capability to revamped MRF

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South Carolina-based RePower South (RPS) has reached an agreement with the City of Montgomery, Ala. to operate the City's state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). RPS will invest $12 million in the newly named City of Montgomery Recycling and Recovery Facility. RePower South has partnered with Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and Loesche Energy Systems to revamp the existing recycling system to also produce a low carbon renewable fuel that will be sold to industry, cement, and utility customers to replace coal in the production process.

The system will process 45 tons per hour of mixed waste to capture cardboard, metals, paper, plastics and produce fuel. New equipment joining the existing BHS screen, Nihot air and NRT optical sorting technologies include a primary reducer, two NRT optical sorters for fuel cleanup, a Loesche fuel system reducer and PAAL Dokon baler. In total, the system features 10 optical sorters, ensuring the positive recovery of fiber and containers and removal of contamination from fuel. 

In a press release issued by the City of Montgomery, RPS Corporate Development Director Scott Montgomery said: "Our platform enables greater recycling recovery and does so across the entire Montgomery waste stream. RePower South creates a low-carbon, clean fuel to help reduce the consumption of coal. Greater recycling, less landfilling and cleaner air at lower cost is a true win-win for the City of Montgomery."

In the same City Release, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said: "We call our city the Capital of Dreams, and today is yet another milestone fulfilling that promise. Our agreement with RePower South will again enable Montgomery residents to actively participate in enhancing the sustainable practices of our city, reducing the amount of trash that goes into our landfills while simultaneously enhancing economic development and job creation. Today's announcement is a win for Montgomery."

"It's great to see the energy and excitement from all parties to ensure this world-class system is back up and running and better than ever," said BHS CEO Steve Miller. "RPS has the ability to think outside of the box to help communities recycle in all market conditions, and we're honored to have been selected once again as the system partner."

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