BioHiTech Global initiates operations at first HEBioT SRF facility in U.S.
Next phase of processing for production of EPA-recognized Solid Recovered Fuel set for Spring
BioHiTech Global, Inc. has initiated operations at the first HEBioT renewable resource recovery facility in the U.S., located in Martinsburg, West Virginia. BioHiTech has successfully completed the first phase of plant commissioning including the facility's reception area, overhead bridge cranes, and its primary mechanical sorting equipment. The company has begun the next phase of plant commissioning and progressing operations, which includes receiving limited amounts of waste and beginning runs of its HEBioT Process, a patented high efficiency mechanical and biological treatment process for producing an EPA recognized solid recovered fuel (SRF).
The limited processing runs are expected to result in the production of SRF in the coming weeks with the facility reaching full operations early in Q2 2019.
The Martinsburg Facility is expected to generate $7 million of high margin revenue annually while diverting as much as 80% of the waste that enters the facility from landfills. The majority of the waste, to be delivered as feedstock to the facility, is covered under a ten year put-or-pay agreement with a local waste hauler owned by Gold Medal Group, a regional waste management services company backed by Kinderhook Industries, and 100% of the SRF that will be produced is subject to a ten year, take-or-pay agreement with Argos USA, LLC., one the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States.
The SRF manufactured at the facility will be utilized by Argos as a partial replacement for coal used in the cement manufacturing process. The 56,000 square foot Facility is completely enclosed and fully automated with no waste being exposed to the outside environment and no workers in direct contact to the waste processing.
Commenting on the announcement, Frank E. Celli, Chief Executive Officer of BioHiTech Global stated, "The initiation of revenue generating operations at this first facility of its kind in the United States is a pivotal moment for our Company and an important step forward in the movement to lessen the environmental impact of waste management. This flagship facility will add significant high margin revenue and will serve as a model for how BioHiTech can cost-effectively create positive environmental change throughout the United States. By bringing this facility across the finish line we are now at the starting line for sustainable long term revenue growth with a roadmap to build significant value for our stockholders."
BioHiTech is the largest owner of the Martinsburg Facility through a majority owned subsidiary company with a 78% controlling interest in its operations. Gold Medal Group owns the remaining minority stake in the Subsidiary.
Mike Schmidt, Executive Vice President of Gold Medal Group, also commented "We are excited to be a part of this important project which marks the beginning of positive change in the way we can manage waste in this country. The Martinsburg Facility will allow Gold Medal to divert over 60,000 tons of the municipal solid waste we collect in the area from landfills annually at no additional cost to those residential and businesses customers we service.
This landfill diversion, as well as the creation of a renewable fuel that can be used locally, helps to solve two environmental problems while serving as a model that BioHiTech and Gold Medal can replicate throughout our current business footprint. We look forward to working together with BioHiTech to roll out this technology in the US and reduce the burden that waste generation has on our environment."
HEBioT solid waste processing technology has been successfully deployed at seven facilities located throughout Europe which currently process in excess of 1 million tons of solid waste per year. The HEBioT process recovers almost 80% of municipal solid waste by integrating OEM sorting equipment with patented MBT (Mechanical/Biological Treatment) technologies into a dedicated fully enclosed processing facility. The disposal of waste using this system is cost effective and results in a number of environmental benefits including:
• A significant reduction in the amount of mixed municipal solid waste that ultimately is disposed of in landfills.
• The recovery of bio-mass, plastics and other carbon materials.
• The production of an EPA recognized, high calorific, solid recovered fuel to help reduce harmful emissions.
For a detailed look at HEBioT solid waste processing technology see the video below.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.