Montgomery, Alabama, acquires idled MRF

The city of Montgomery, Alabama, and its Solid Waste Disposal Authority have signed an agreement to acquire a material recovery facility (MRF) and adjacent lot from its current owner and former operator, Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP), for $625,000.

The MRF, which recovered recyclables from municipal solid waste (MSW) was built for about $35 million and designed recover 60 percent of the material delivered to its door for recycling.

With the addition of waste-to-energy and composting components, the MRF was expected see a landfill diversion rate of more than 90 percent.

After opening to significant publicity in April 2014, IREP closed the facility in October 2015.

At the time of the closure, Kyle Mowitz, Infinitus CEO, said, “One key element of a successful materials recycling program is the ability to sell recovered material at a price that will support the recycling process. While our customers have been satisfied with the material we have reclaimed, unfortunately the market price for these materials have dropped dramatically.”

When the MRF was built, the city’s obligation was to deliver 100,000 tons of MSW annually, paying a tipping fee for the material.

Materials not recovered for recycling, composting or energy recovery at IREP were to be delivered to the city’s landfill, and IREP would pay the city a tipping fee.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says, “Although it’s been a long road, today marks a significant step toward bringing one of the most technologically advanced recycling facilities in the nation back online. Our vision is to find a partner who can not only take over operations at the facility and succeed, but we want to find someone who will lead us into the future and set an example other cities can follow.”

Under the agreement , IREP promptly will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Republic and Lab USA partner for ash metal recovery facility

Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, and Lab USA, Green Bay, Wisconsin, unveiled a new ash metal recovery facility at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Roosevelt, Washington.

The process allows for the reclamation of metals found in ash previously lost through traditional methods of resource recovery. The facility is set to process all newly delivered ash to the Roosevelt Landfill as well as systematically process all of the existing ash currently in the landfill.

Once recovered, the metals are recycled, shipped to manufacturers and repurposed to make new metal products. The facility is estimated to recover and recycle more than 46,200 tons of ferrous metals and 42,900 tons of nonferrous metals.

Roosevelt Landfill uses the waste collected from municipalities across Washington and converts the methane gas into a renewable energy source. Working with the Klickitat Public Utility District, the landfill currently provides enough energy to power up to 30,000 local households annually.