Goals & Objectives

A list of goals and objectives was established along with a potential solution for each based on site visits and other vendor information. Visits to existing facilities were made from the east to the west coast. 

While the purpose of many of these projects usually went far beyond our scope, the help and advice received by the operators proved to be a valuable asset in the final design and equipment selection process. It was decided it would be better not to attempt to re-invent the wheel if proven technology and design already existed. 

Goals / Objectives & Solutions

The team then developed the following:

Goals / ObjectivesPossible Solutions
Employee SafetyTrommel for bag opening, and magnetic separation for removal of ferrous and aluminum materials
Improve Air EmissionsTrommel to remove small materials containing heavy metals
Increase Overall Plant ThroughputPick station to remove items with BTU content such as plastic, newsprint, and corrugated
Maintain Steam ProductionHigher average BTU content of the processed material
ProfitabilitySales of recyclables and reduced WTE plant maintenance costs could possibly justify the added O & M costs
Reduce Ash HaulingMechanical separation of glass and scrap iron as well as removal of other problem/objectionable materials
Remove Non-Burnable / Objectionable ItemsPick station to remove:
  • Batteries
  • Metal pieces
  • Rocks
  • Small appliances
  • Etc.
Supplement Curbside RecyclingManual and mechanical separation to remove recyclables such as:
  • Aluminum
  • Corrugated
  • Ferrous
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Etc.