On my way to last week’s Waste Expo in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to view the Montgomery Advanced Mixed Materials Recovery Facility in action as it proceeds through its shakedown trials. Also known as IREP (Infinitus Renewable Energy Park) at Montgomery, the 82,000-square-foot, $35 million “dirty MRF” is a partnership between the city of Montgomery and Florida-based Infinitus Energy, employing a one-bin approach to residential waste management designed to recover more than 95% of available recyclables at a throughput of 30 tons per hour with the goal of an 80% diversion rate.
Built on an existing brownfield site, the facility incorporates advanced recycling equipment designed by Bulk Handling System (BHS), incorporating separating systems by NIHOT (air) and NRT (optical). An anaerobic digester system from Zero Waste Energy will be added in the near future.
To what extent dirty MRFing defines the future of residential waste recovery systems remains to be seen, but there is little doubt in my mind that a lot of communities will be taking a good look at IREP at Montgomery’s performance…especially those who have remained on the fence regarding a commitment to single-stream operations.
Suffice it to say we will be following and reporting on IREP’s achievements as its components come up to speed.