Fiberight, headquartered in Catonsville, Maryland, will start processing single-sort recyclables (SSRs) and municipal solid waste (MSW) at its new advanced recycling facility in Hampden, Maine, by April.
According to Fiberight, the $70 million, 144,000-square-foot waste-to-energy facility is expected to recover 80 percent of waste collected from 115 municipalities into renewable energy. Through the high-tech process, materials will be broken down and converted into biofuel through a pulping process and anaerobic digestion.
Coastal Resources of Maine LLC, the project company formed by Fiberight to own and operate the Hampden facility, recently released a plan for the next few months leading up to full commercial operations at the plant. The plan includes the following stages:
- Utilities turnover and pre-commissioning phase. In this phase, systems for providing utility services to the facility will be completed and ready to perform. The truck scale, odor control and other essential supporting systems will be ready to enter service and the facility will acquire an interim occupancy permit.
- The commissioning of the material recovery facility (MRF). This stage will involve testing of the front-end recycling equipment provided by CP Manufacturing in two phases. First, without feeding materials to the equipment. Then, with feeding SSRs and MSW. Feed rates will be on a start/stop basis initially and gradually ramp up and become more stable. The plastics briquetter will also be commissioned and tested in this stage.
- The commissioning of the wet-end, including pulping and washing equipment, operation of the fines processing unit and low-level wastewater treatment and biogas production. The objective will be to achieve stable steady-state operation and at least 50 percent diversion of incoming MSW. For the purposes of the site lease, the commercial operation date will occur when the facility has demonstrated the capability to divert 50 percent of incoming MSW over a three-day test period, even with the anaerobic digester and other systems not yet on-line or operating below full capacity.
Processing will start by April and the anaerobic digestion system, full plant integration and optimization of operations will “ramp up” through May and June. The plan also identifies specific testing requirements and performance standards for the MRF, the wet end and the facility. The final tests of the facility will involve a seven-day measured performance test and a 28-day period during which performance would be monitored to confirm it can be sustained on an ongoing basis.