Construction of Inifinitus Energy Revolutionary Materials Recovery Facility in Montgomery Begins
New Facility aims to eliminate 85% of waste materials bound for the city’s landfill
Construction commenced today on a comprehensive Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) developed by Infinitus Energy that aims to get rid of up to 85 percent of waste going to the city’s landfill in Montgomery, Alabama community. Located at 1551 Louisville Street in Montgomery, The Infinitus renewable Energy Park will be the first facility to use and combine some of the most advanced technological systems for waste recovery to produce one of the most highly-advanced waste recovery establishments in the country today.
Founder and CEO of Infinitus Energy, Kyle Mowitz, stated: “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. 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. The Mayor’s vision and commitment to our collaboration has made this possible, and we thank him and his capable staff, advisors and consultants in supporting us in our vision for a viable environmental and economical system and for the residents here.”
The 81,992 square-foot mega-facility which is now underway, is expected to be complete and ready for operations by June 30, 2014. Once operational, trash will then be placed on one bin issued by the city, which will then be collected by the sanitation department of the City of Montgomery and taken to the Renewable Energy Park’s Advanced Mixed Materials Recovery Facility. Waste materials are then segregated using the latest technology in screening , air and optical separation. Materials such as cardboard, metals, aluminium cans, mixed paper, wood and plastic are sorted based on material composition, size, shape and density and additional sorting will be done manually by hand on site as well. This technology allows larger volume and variety of products that are still recyclable, to be accepted, something other recycling methods cannot do.
Mayor Todd Strange couldn’t be any more excited. “The beauty of this project is that residents don’t have to do anything differently. All of the separating takes place at the MRF. The 25-year partnership the city has with Infinitus ensures that materials will be recycled,” he said.
Mowitz added: “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.” The initiative is expected to reduce the amount of waste significantly in the city’s North Montgomery Sanitary Landfill and possibly extend operations for many years to come. It can process whopping 225,000 tons of waste per year. It can even be contracted to process waste from municipalities and commercial businesses located within a 90-mile radius.
Mayor Strange further said: “This is a long-term green investment in our city and state. With this project, Montgomery will be seen as a leader and trendsetter in implementing green technology for the benefit of both our residents and our planet, diverting tons of material away from landfills and incinerators and turning those materials into valuable resources generate a host of financial, environmental and societal returns.”
IREP Montgomery is situated on a 74-plus acre industrial location. It’s highly pressurized with all waste materials stored inside, preventing odor, contamination, and noise from affecting the said area. Priced at around $35 Million, the materials recovery facility is bound to create approximately around 110 more jobs that should benefit the locals living around the area.
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Horace Horn Jr. had this to say: “This is another great day for Montgomery as we welcome Infinitus Energy to our growing business community. The cooperative spirit among our elected and community leaders makes it possible for us to continue bringing new jobs and innovative businesses such as Infinitus Energy to the River Region.”
This highly-advanced facility also brought together leaders in the recycling and recovery industry across the globe which includes Oregon-based BHS designed, EUGENE which is in-charge of manufacturing and installing the said facility. Nashville-based NRT In-Line Tri-Disc technology from BHS and In-Flight Sorting technology, which will provide separation efficiency and recovery rates considered to be the best in the industry. It will also be introducing a one-of-a-kind air separation technology developed by an Amsterdam-based company with more than 750 facilities around the world and global leader, Nihot.
IREP is also working together with California-based, Zero Waste Energy, to install its Smartferm technology of anaerobic digesters as part of the project’s second phase, which enables the system to convert organic waste into compressed, natural gas.
“Both populations and per capita waste are increasing and landfills across the world continue to reach capacity. Infinitus Energy has a clear vision of how to turn the challenges of waste disposal into an asset,” Mowitz added further. “This is leading edge technology that can have a direct impact on the quality of life for residents of the Montgomery community.”