Organic Energy builds facility at the McCommas
Organic Energy Corporation (OEC) is seeking
permission from the City of Dallas to build a multimillion dollar
recycling facility at the McCommas Bluff Landfill. The privately
owned and operated facility would capture up to 95 percent of
the recyclables available from the city’s garbage, while bringing
between $5 to 20 million annually to city coffers. The first
facility represents a nearly $100 million investment directly
into South Dallas and would create a public/private partnership,
while the city’s only input would be a commitment to provide
the garbage and lease some land.
“Dallas brings 6,000 tons of garbage every day to the landfill,”
said Barney Gorey, vice president of public affairs for OEC.
“Even with the curbside recycling program over 3,500 of those
tons are recyclable products which can be captured and sold.
The paper, plastic and metals are worth millions and can begin
to bring real green jobs to Dallas,” he said.
Those jobs number 100 per facility and range from non-skilled
to semi-skilled at better than minimum wage, according to the
The facility uses people and equipment to mechanically sort garbage
straight from the route truck. The system is modeled after plants
in Europe where recycling and waste minimization have been necessary
for decades. The company also has a reference facility in Roseville,
California which has been operating for over 17 years.
“Curbside Recycling is a bad joke in this country,” said Gorey.
“We love to think we make an impact, but Dallas actually spent
$12 million on curbside last year to resell $2 million worth
The truth is in the numbers according to the company. A multi-patent
pending mechanical separation system uses proven technology to
make all the items homogenous, while separating the recyclables
from the food and green waste and inert materials. The system
has a comprehensive performance guarantee by the manufacturers
and systems integrator, backed by a major insurance company.
It’s not a box, it’s cardboard and it’s not a milk jug, it’s
plastic to be bundled and sold. The plastics, papers and metals
are baled for resale while the food and green wastes are put
into large tanks to gather the methane they make. “Just like
the methane system currently at McCommas,” said Gorey, “the methane
is captured and can be used for many different products, or simply
cleaned and sold as natural gas, again just like they do at the
The company can finance the entire operation from the waste generated
by the city and revenue share its profits on a 50/50 basis with
Dallas. According to Gorey, the total monies given to the city
would range between $5 million and $20 million annually for a
20 year contract.