Cincinnati, Ohio-based Rumpke Recycling has selected Machinex to provide it with what Machinex calls “a turnkey recycling center” for its facility in Cincinnati. When operational, the facility will process 55 tons per hour of single-stream recycling material, more than doubling the capabilities of Rumpke’s current Cincinnati plant.
According to a Machinex news release, the Canada-based equipment company will begin delivering equipment to Rumpke in May, with the facility expected to be operational by Nov. 1, 2013. Machinex says the equipment being installed will allow Rumpke to add new technology to the system as it becomes available.
Machinex says when the facility is operational it will be the nation’s largest and most technologically advanced single-stream material recovery facility (MRF). A combination of sorting technologies such as glass cleaning system, optical sorting, disc screens and magnets will segregate glass, plastics, metals containers, paper, cardboard and cartons. The single level platform will allow the operators and sorters to access the entire system without having to go up and down steps or ladders.
Machinex also was selected to supply two MLP-155TP balers to provide more than ample capacity to handle the high volume of containers and fiber expected to pass through the plant.
“We have a history with Rumpke and we are familiar with their objectives,” says Chris Hawn, Machinex’s North American sales manager, who worked with Rumpke on the renovation of its Columbus, Ohio, MRF. “At its Columbus facility, a 35-tons-per-hour plant, we were able to meet or exceed all purity and efficiency rates. Now our focus is on Rumpke’s Cincinnati facility. We are capitalizing on the best practices identified from the Columbus project to enhance systems with customized equipment and additional optics.”
Larry Ochs, maintenance and facilities manager at Rumpke Recycling, says, “Machinex approached our first major project in Columbus as partners and not simply a vendor.”
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments on a proposed draft waste tire storage site permit renewal for Reklaim Inc., which operates a tire recycling facility in Boardman, Ore.
Reklaim was first issued a permit by the DEQ to operate a waste storage facility on March, 20, 2008. The permit has expired, but has been administratively extended because DEQ received a timely renewal application.
Reklaim’s original permit allowed the company to take in whole tires for processing. The company currently accepts pre-shredded, metal-free, tire crumbs in super sacks. No whole waste tires are being accepted at the present time.
However, as part of its permit renewal request, Reklaim is looking to take in whole tires for processing. Under the proposed permit, Reklaim would continue to have the ability to receive and store whole passenger tires that would be processed under the DEQ solid waste treatment permit into pre-shredded tire crumb that would be converted into carbon black, heating oil, steel and mineral oxides using pyrolysis technology.
The DEQ is inviting public comment on the proposed permitting action. During the comment period the public is invited to make comments related to specific conditions within the proposed permit.
Upon issuance, this permit will be effective for five year, expiring on Jan. 1, 2018.
Currently, DEQ is developing new rules for conversion technology facilities such as Reklaim’s tire pyrolysis facility. The new rules will establish new performance standards and solid waste permit requirements for facilities that convert waste into chemicals, fuels, products or energy.
At this time, DEQ is delaying action on the Reklaim, Inc. treatment facility permit renewal application until new rules are developed. However, DEQ is proceeding with renewal of Reklaim’s solid waste tire storage site permit.
During its first permit term, Reklaim suspended the shredding operation to focus on establishing a viable pyrolysis (thermal processing) operation for the recovery of carbon black and oil products. Reklaim is currently in phase I of a three-phase building process, each phase resulting in an increase in plant capacity. Tires may be shipped to the facility in 30 foot trailers and would remain in the trailer until they are fed to the reclamation process.
Reklaim’s current operating scenario is the purchase of pre-shredded metal-free tire crumb. However, as Reklaim continues to refine and develop its pyrolysis operations, Reklaim says that it intends to begin shredding tires. The shredder uses low-speed knives to shred the waste tires into small pieces. A small amount of water is added to act as a lubricant and heat sink. Adequate shredding capacity will be added in Phase III of construction if it is economically feasible.
Following the shredding, the material is dried in a fluid bed vibratory dryer. The dryer is sized to accommodate all three phases of construction. During Phase I the dryer will be heated by natural gas. By Phase III the dryer will be heated by steam and hot water generated from recovered process heat. The dryer has a baghouse to capture small pieces of fiber and rubber released during shredding and drying. During Phase I and Phase II, the material collected in the baghouse will be disposed of in an approved landfill.
During Phase III the captured material may be returned to the process.
The dried feedstock is conveyed to a weight belt feeder, and then pneumatically sent to the thermal processor. A cyclone at the end of the pneumatic conveying line separates the feedstock from the conveying airstream. The air exits the cyclone through a close-weave filter to capture any remaining particles.
All submittals to the Department under this section must be sent to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Manager, Solid Waste Program, 400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 307, The Dalles, Ore., 97058.
Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), Washington D.C., has announced the appointment of two staff members. The EIA has named Jonathan Sper its director of membership marketing and business development. The association also named Craig Branson communications manager.
Sper will be responsible for membership growth, recruitment and retention. In addition to working closely with EIA's regional and program teams, he will be charged with ensuring an excellent member experience for both new and returning members.
Branson, the new communications manager, will oversee media relations, member communications and public relations activities, in addition to having primary responsibility for the organization's websites and social media efforts.
Kneiss says, "We are pleased that Jon and Craig are joining our team. Each of them has a track record of measurable success and brings relevant knowledge and skill to their new positions from their previous work experiences. Their records make them excellent choices for EIA. On behalf of our entire staff, we are looking forward to working with them."
The EIA is a trade association representing the private sector solid waste and recycling services industry through its two sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC).
Magnum Computer Recycling, Pennsauken ,N.J., has expanded its operations, allowing the company to increase the volume of electronic scrap it can process.
The company, a subsidiary of Thanks for Being Green LLC, had been operating out of a 10,000-square-foot facility in Westville, N.J. The new facility measures 26,000 square feet and is in Pennsauken.
“We are so pleased to relocate to our larger facility,” says John Martorano Jr., company founder. “The move will allow our company to better serve our clients, who will find greater convenience in our new centralized location. It also provides our team of employees with more efficient office space, which features world-class technology. It will also give us a competitive edge in meeting our clients’ rapidly changing business recycling needs.”
The company also has announced it has been chosen as the electronics recycler for the Cape May, N.J., Municipal Utility Authority. Magnum will locate a number of drop-off locations throughout the county under the contract.
“As a growing company that cares deeply about the environment, we are thrilled that several new counties in New Jersey have decided to work with us for their electronic recycling needs,” says Martorano. “As we continue to expand, our goal is to engage with other like-minded counties and organizations throughout southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania and provide electronic recycling education across the region as well.”
The company says it is R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) certified and ISO 14001 registered.
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