Resource Recovery Facilities
The design and development of material processing facilities have been key fields of expertise for CalRecovery. The company has designed a number of waste and materials processing facilities that have been implemented in the United States, including transfer stations, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), composting facilities, and refuse-derived fuel systems, ranging from 25 to 2,500 TPD.
Procurement of 2,100 TPD refuse processing system, Dade County, Florida (private client)
CalRecovery conducted the procurement of a 2,100 TPD front-end processing system installed in the Dade County Resource Recovery Facility. The $10 million processing system converts municipal solid waste into a high-quality refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and recovered ferrous and aluminum metals. The system was designed to optimize the recovery of energy in the RDF fraction, while minimizing the generation of process residues. CalRecovery tailored and integrated the mixed waste processing system to the facility’s waste-to-energy combustion equipment.
Conceptual design, environmental assessment, and procurement assistance for new MRF
For a municipality in the Pacific, CalRecovery performed technical and engineering work for the purpose of implementing a materials recovery facility (MRF) operated by a third party. The key technical aspects included: design of the facility, environmental impact assessment, development of procurement documents for a design and construction contract for the MRF, and preparation of an operations contract. The facility would process an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 tons of materials per year.
R&D: Preparing for future of materials recovery facilities, Metro, Portland, Oregon
CalRecovery assisted the Sustainability Department of Metro Research and Development in preparing for the future of clean materials recovery facilities (Clean MRFs). The purpose of the work was to research and analyze potential improvement options and strategies that address materials recovery performance and anticipate future needs. The major recommendations to Metro included: 1) implement integrated collection, processing, marketing, and disposal system; 2) explore feasibility of MRFs accessing Oregon Bottle Bill funds for recovered, redeemable plastic and glass containers; 3) implement recycling goal or law; 4) institute mandatory recycling; 5) institute effective enforcement programs and methods; and 6) consider setting a maximum percent level of residue generation for clean MRFs.