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Infinitus Energy opens MRF in Alabama
New energy park will eliminate up to 85 percent of waste

Ground has been broken on a materials recovery facility (MRF) developed by Infinitus Energy for the Montgomery, Alabama community that will eliminate up to 85 percent of waste headed to the City’s landfill. The Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) at Montgomery will be the first facility to combine several of the most technologically advanced systems available for waste recovery to create the most advanced integrated waste recovery facility in the country.

“The United States alone produced approximately 250 million tons of waste in 2010. The exponential increase in waste over time creates a sustainability crisis if we don’t dramatically alter the current waste model,” said Kyle Mowitz, CEO and founder of Infinitus Energy. “Infinitus Energy is delivering an economical ‘big picture’ solution to the multiple problems facing our world now and in the future to the city of Montgomery.”

Construction of the 81,992 sq.ft. facility is expected to be complete and operational by June 30, 2014. Once the facility is operational, residents will place all trash in one city-issued bin, which will be collected by the Montgomery sanitation department, and taken to the Advanced Mixed Materials Recovery Facility at the renewable energy park. There it will be separated using the latest in screening, air and optical separation technologies. The system sorts and recovers commodities such as cardboard, mixed paper, metals, aluminum cans, plastics and wood based on density, size, shape and material composition. Additional sorting will be done by hand at the site. The advanced technology allows the facility to accept a larger variety and volume of potentially recyclable products than other recycling methods.

“The beauty of this project is that residents don’t have to do anything differently. All of the separation takes place at the MRF,” said Mayor Todd Strange, “and the 25-year partnership the city has with Infinitus ensures that materials will be recycled.”

“IREP at Montgomery will provide recovery rates not achievable by single stream recycling programs that rely on residents to sort trash themselves, which addresses the recycling needs of the community without additional capital investment from the city,” Mowitz added. The project will significantly reduce the amount of waste in the city’s North Montgomery Sanitary Landfill and extend its operational life by many years. The facility can process up to 225,000 tons of waste per year and municipalities and commercial businesses within a 90-mile radius from the facility may also contract to process their waste at IREP to achieve aggressive recycling rates.

IREP at Montgomery sits on a 74-plus acre industrial site. The facility is pressurized and all waste is stored inside, thereby not emitting additional odor, contamination or noise to the area. The cost of the materials recovery facility is approximately $35 million. The project will create approximately 110 local jobs.

Eugene, Oregon-based BHS designed, engineered and is manufacturing and installing the turnkey facility. In-Line Tri-Disc technology from BHS and In-Flight Sorting technology from Nashville-based NRT will provide separation efficiency and recovery rates. The facility will also feature air separation technology from Nihot, an Amsterdam company with more than 750 operational reference facilities throughout the world.

IREP is currently working with Zero Waste Energy, based in California, to install ZWE’s Smartferm technology of anaerobic digesters as Phase II of the project, enabling the system to convert organic waste sorted at the facility into compressed natural gas.