MRWMD Selects BHS for Mixed Materials Recovery Facility

The advanced mixed materials recovery facility (MRF) will process Single Stream, Mixed Waste and C&D

BHS Monterey Aerial and System

Monterey County, CA – October 7, 2015 – The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has chosen Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The multi-line system is scheduled to open in September 2016 and will process more than 30 tons-per-hour (tph) of Single Stream materials, 40 tph of Mixed Waste and 40 tph of Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials.

THE MRWMD serves an 853 square-mile area and nine member agencies[1] in Western Coastal Monterey County. In 2012, it opened the country’s first SMARTFERM dry anaerobic digestion (AD) facility to convert organics into electricity and compost. The announcement of the upcoming MRF continues the organization’s leadership and will support the 75% diversion goal adopted by the District Board, as well as the State of California’s 75% diversion goal by 2020.

“This MRF improvement project will position the District and its member agencies to achieve new levels of success in support of the District’s ‘turning waste into a resource’ mission for the next 20 years,” said District General Manager Tim Flanagan. The project will create new publicly-owned community diversion infrastructure to ensure that District member agencies are fully compliant with State regulatory requirements including AB1826 organics diversion, AB341 mandatory commercial recycling, and CalGreen construction and demolition material diversion.

The system features two infeeds: one for C&D materials and one for either Single Stream or Mixed Waste. A BHS Bag Breaker®, Debris Roll Screens® and Nihot Single Drum Separators provide the flexibility to process both material types in the mixed materials line. Also featured are Polishing Screens and NRT optical sorters, including a NRT FiberPure™ system, to maximize the recovery and purity of fiber and containers. In addition to traditional commodities, this system will also recover organics, glass, wood and aggregates.

“This advanced system highlights the increased demand for flexible processing,” said BHS CEO Steve Miller. “Screen, air and optical sorting are working together to process either Single Stream or Mixed Materials with high recovery rates. The MRWMD continues to show leadership in solid waste management, including anaerobic digestion, and should be an example for other communities throughout the country to follow. They have aggressive goals and are implementing state-of-the-art technology to divert 75 percent of incoming materials from a variety of material streams.”


[1] Including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Monterey County, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Community Services District and Sand City

Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD)

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) is an award-winning 63-year-old California Special District, covering 853 square miles, representing nine member agencies and providing services to local and regional customers.  Its mission is “To turn waste into Resources in the most cost effective and environmentally sound manner to benefit the community.”

The MRWMD is an integrated waste management facility combining a Materials Recovery Facility, Household Hazardous Waste collection facility, landfill-gas-to-energy program, Last Chance Mercantile (LCM) reuse store, and public education and outreach.  The MRWMD has been composting green waste for more than 20 years and was the first in the region to initiate a food scrap compost program in 2008.  In January of 2012, MRWMD took another pioneering step forward in organics waste management by entering into an agreement with Zero Waste Energy (ZWE) to permit, construct and operate a Dry Fermentation “SMARTFERM” Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and composting system to manage food scraps.


Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.

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