Florida county uses Sennebogen handler to expand incineration efforts

Florida county uses Sennebogen handler to expand incineration efforts

The Pinellas County Solid Waste Management Facility uses an energy incinerator to burn some of its solid waste.

June 14, 2017
Waste Today Staff
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Above: Ryan Zenor of Sennebogen shows the electric relay featured on the 818 E mobile scrap handler to Pinellas County employees.

The Pinellas County, Florida, Solid Waste Management Facility is using a mobile scrap handler by Sennebogen, Stanley, North Carolina, from Great Southern Equipment Co. in Tampa, Florida, to expand its incineration efforts.

The county has an energy incinerator, which allows it to burn some of its solid waste and make a profit from its solid waste management operations in the process.

“We are very proud of what we have done here in Pinellas County, and we’re always looking for ways to improve,” says Michael Merrell, solid waste program manager of Pinellas County. “Our current landfill has the capacity to operate until 2104 and anything we can do to extend the life expectancy of the landfill benefits everyone. Anything that we are unable to burn in the incinerator goes into the landfill, so logically, the more material we can send to the incinerator, the more energy we are able to produce and less material goes into the landfill, thus extending the life of the landfill.

We have about 100,000 tons that we could burn if it were smaller for the plant,” adds Merrell. “We think we cold shred about 50 percent of what goes to the landfill now. Our current goal is to burn more and bury less, but our biggest obstacle to incinerating more solid waste is the size of the items that the current feeding system can deliver into the incinerator. The feeding system design limits us to incinerating items that are three-and-a half feet in surface area or smaller.”

According to Merrell, the design of the Sennebogen 818 E-series mobile scrap handler will be part of the solution for Pinellas County.

“We are in the process of creating specification and bidding out a shredder that will meet our needs” says Merrell. “However, before purchasing the shredder, we needed to purchase a material handler to feed the shredder. That’s why we purchased the Sennebogen 818 E-series.”

Several features of the Sennebogen 818 E-series include its 360 degree one half year rotating grapple and the bird’s eye view from the elevated cab. The grapple on the 818 E-series also is suited for handling tires, which cannot be fed directly into the incinerator due to the high levels of pollutants. However, if the tires are ground and mixed with other combustible materials, the emissions are no longer an issue.

The 818 E is specifically designed to work in the landfill environment. The system, which relies heavily on hydraulics, is designed to require less support than an electronic system.

Merrell also had high praise for his dealer, Great Southern Equipment Co.

“It was great to work with Steve Tuton of Great Southern Equipment Co.,” saiys Merrell. “When I first talked to Steve, I told him what the plan was for solid waste with the bulky waste program and asked for his recommendation. Initially, Steve asked me what size shredder we would be using and what type of product would we be putting in it. He took the time to make sure we would be satisfied with his recommendation, and he made sure we purchased the right size material handler. I enjoyed the time and experience of learning from Steve. We not only got a great piece of equipment, but also got exceptional service.”