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Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center Celebrated with Industry Facility of the Year Award
PR News Wire│ September 20, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Republic Services, Inc. (RSG) is pleased to announce that the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has named Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center the winner of the Recycling Facility of the Year Award. The award was presented today at the NWRA’s annual Waste360 Recycling Summit in Austin, Texas.
“We are honored by this recognition,” said Tim Oudman, market vice president of Republic Services. “The Recycling Center could not have happened without the support of many local leaders and community partners. Together, we are enabling the Southern Nevada community and local businesses to achieve their sustainability goals for generations to come.”
The Southern Nevada Recycling Center is the largest and smartest residential recycling center in North America. It is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclable material per day, or 70 tons per hour, and is expected to double recycling capacity in the area. It uses several advanced recycling technologies, including five optical sorters which use 2D and 3D technologies to make material separation decisions in milliseconds. Read More…
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Type of Transfer Stations
Waste Advantage Magazine│ September 2016
Transfer stations are designed and constructed in many shapes and sizes. Many methods to transfer waste have been implemented over the years from waste trucks to transfer trailers. Some of the many variations in transfer station facility designs include push pit, lift and load, surge pit and direct tip. Moving waste has also included many types of methods including loaders, excavators, knuckle booms and others. In this article, the discussion will be based upon a few of these options and their design-build differences. At the end of the day, it is important to work with an expert for evaluation of the transfer station operations and the decision regarding which option works best for the owner to cost-effectively transfer material through a facility.
Push Pit Transfer Station
A push pit transfer station’s name defines the method used. The facility is designed with an elevated tipping floor, typically about 15′ above the pit floor where the transfer trailer sits. Above the transfer trailer is an open hole in the floor roughly 45′ long x 7′ wide. Typically, push pit designs use a drive-thru pit in lieu of a back-in pit. Haul trucks and customers bring in the waste and deposit it directly onto the tipping floor. This facility typically uses a loader operator as well as a small excavator or knuckle boom within the footprint. The loader operator pushes the trash from the pile to the open hole and directly into the trailer. The knuckle boom then compacts the waste in the back of the trailer so as to ensure that they hit the maximum axle weights.
Typical load times for this method for trained operators can be as low as four to eight minutes. Read More…
Hauling Company Facility Requirements: Basic Design Criteria and the Changing Work Environment
Waste Advantage Magazine│ August 2016
A hauling company is a big part of any waste company. It is where a majority of employees work from and directly affects the ability of the company to pick up customer trash every day. A hauling company typically houses all of the route trucks (residential, commercial, roll-off), containers (roll-offs or household), mechanics, drivers, operations team (dispatch, supervisors, ops manager), back office and management. However, at the same time, this facility is not typically “revenue producing” because revenue is driven from tipping fees and not hauling contracts. That being said, it is important that these facilities are able to be built economically and operate safely and efficiently. In this day and age where waste companies are competing for employees, it is important to make sure facilities are nice, clean and somewhere people want to go to work every day. Quality drivers and mechanics are getting harder to come by, so it has become necessary to set a company apart from the pack by offering more amenities and a nice environment, pay more or offer unique benefits. This article will focus on the facility itself and what it should be focused on in terms of the facility design.
Site Location and Amenities
The site location and amenities are the most important and most difficult to arrange. When it comes to operations of the facility, the focus should begin on the site location within the community. The site needs to be properly zoned (which varies by state), have good access to highways or other major thoroughfares and be close to the “end of day” tipping site for collection trucks. In my opinion, these are the three most important factors in site selection because if these do not work, everything else becomes very difficult. Read More…
Family business emphasizes efficiency in design-build solutions for waste industry
US Builders Review│ Spring 2016
From concept to completion, Cambridge Companies Inc. provides high-quality design, consulting, construction and general contracting services throughout the United States. Located in Griffith, Indiana, Cambridge encompasses two branches of service. Its commercial side focuses on general contracting and design-build projects primarily in the commercial and industrial sectors throughout northwest Indiana and Chicago. The company also serves the national solid waste community by providing essential transfer station construction services.
Success through reputation
Founded in 1988 by Ray Eriks, Cambridge Construction and Development operated throughout northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois as a general contracting firm specializing in commercial and industrial design-build projects. In 1998, Linda and Ray Eriks introduced Cambridge Builders Inc., which expanded Cambridge’s service area countrywide. The companies merged to form Cambridge Companies Inc. in January 2006.
With an unparalleled knowledge of the waste industry, Cambridge thrives on its ability to analyze a facility and then identify and develop solutions for each client. As a design-build firm and general contractor, Cambridge manages the entire construction process from the initial design phase through complete construction. Since 2002, the company has maintained three full-time, in-house architects, allowing each client direct access to input on the design and formulation of their design solution. Read More…
SWANA Presents Excellence Awards for Landfills, WTE, Recycling and Collection and WTE
Waste360 │ July 14, 2016
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Md., announced the winners of the 1994 Recycling Excellence Awards Program at its International Solid Waste Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, August 1 to 4, 1994. Award categories included collection, recycling, landfills and waste-to-energy.
The Collection Excellence Program Award recognizes communities whose collection system and transfer operations are technically sound and economically feasible. The applications were divided into three categories: technology and systems ap-plication, safety programs and spec- ial programs.
The winners were the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority’s North County Transfer Station in Juniper, Fla., and the Seminole County Transfer Station in Long-wood, Fla.
The Recycling Excellence Program Award recognizes recycling programs that have been carefully developed and implemented through a cooperative effort between the implementing agency or company and the community.
The programs were classified into three categories: collection, source reduction and complete programs. They were also judged by population category: fewer than 100,000, between 100,000 and 500,000 and greater than 500,000. Read More…
Solid Waste Association awards Cambridge Cos.
Recycling Today │ July 12, 2016
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced that Indiana-based Cambridge Cos. has been named the winner of the SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual Wastecon, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in Indianapolis.
“The city of Cape Girardeau Corporate Circle Solid Waste Transfer Station (SWTS) is a very unique project,” says Jeffrey Eriks, chief business development officer for Cambridge Cos. “Although challenged at many points, The city, Republic Services and Cambridge Cos. used creativity, cooperation and commitment to complete a stellar design/build project.”
Griffith, Indiana based Cambridge Companies, which designs and builds waste and treatment and recycling facilities, has been named the winner of the SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category. Read More…
The Power of a Team
Waste Advantage Magazine │ June 2016
Identifying the need for a new project is an important first step for any type of development project. But how is a rough idea translated into a completed facility? Many professionals, from several disciplines, working together will be needed to assemble documents and approvals to get to the construction phase. Team members will vary based on the type of project and requirements of the local community. No matter the size or make-up of the team, communication is critical to the success of the design phase and one person on the project needs to be the liaison between all parties to pull everything together. In our experience, this is typically the lead architect or the design/build firm since they manage the other team members and work closely with the owner.
Typically, projects will involve Environmental Permitting, Owner Representatives, Lead Architect/Structural Engineer/MEP Engineer, Civil Engineer, Legal (for zoning and land use issues), Public (community) Engagement, Local Building and Planning Departments and an Experienced Design/Build Construction Firm. How this team is assembled and how well it functions will be key to project execution and completing the process in an efficient manner. The areas of critical performance for these teams include Land Use and Zoning, Community Engagement, Site Planning and Environmental Permitting, Construction Documents and Project Execution. We will go through a few of these team members and their important roles. This list will not be all encompassing and may grow or shrink based on your specific project. Read More…
City cuts ribbon on new transfer station, sewer plant
Southeast Missourian │ May 24, 2016
Ribbon cuttings for the city of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department’s new transfer station and wastewater treatment plant took place on Monday morning.
Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger, city manager Scott Meyer and public works director Steve Cook made remarks at both facilities, constructed as part of an effort to comply with new regulations from the Department of Natural Resources.
In his opening remarks, Rediger said the new facilities create a “campus of infrastructure that will serve our citizens for many years to come.”
It was well known among the city staff and city council a new transfer station was needed, Rediger said. Read More…
New Transfer Station and Wastewater Treatment Plant
Southeast Missourian │ May 23, 2016
Ribbon cutting events are held at the city of Cape Girardeau’s new transfer station and wastewater treatment plant Monday, May 23, 2016 in Cape Girardeau. Read More…
Tailoring Your MRF to the Task at Hand
MSW Management │ May 20, 2016
According to Brian Schellati, Van Dyk Recycling Solution’s director of business development, “Not only does equipment have its own required routine maintenance, but how the equipment is laid out will determine material handling logistics. How easily materials flow through a plant from tip floor to processing, to product storage, to baling can make or break a plant’s chance at success.”
Caterpillar application specialists always work with the mantra of “task, tool, machine,” notes Tom Griffith, machine/application specialist for waste.
A material recovery facility (MRF) needs to be designed to handle inbound, recovery, and outbound loads to meet specific production requirements and efficiencies while keeping costs low, he adds.
One important design factor: inbound storage space adequate for tonnage per day as well as peaks, says Griffith. “Peak outbound—depending on who owns trucking—sometimes is not the same as peak inbound. Inbound stockpile needs to be close to whatever machine is feeding the sorting lines,” he adds. Read More…
Leachate Treatment Facilities: Teamwork for a Turnkey Facility
Waste Advantage Magazine│ April 2016
Leachate treatment facilities are a key part of any landfill design. The treatment of the liquids generated through the process and life of a landfill are necessary in many locations prior to discharge. When beginning to research methods and options for treating liquids, it’s important to involve experts in the analyzation and treatment of the waste to evaluate the liquid and determine the correct treatment method. The determined method is standardly based on the leachate’s current make-up and the end result required by the receiving party. These specialists will typically begin with a pilot study to develop a “basis of design” for what needs to be done to treat the liquid and what equipment should be used. This pilot study will generally look at the needs for today and project what the future needs might be in the years to come, knowing both the volume and makeup will change. This information can be used to select a process equipment supplier and add your design/build team immediately following in order for them to work together to develop the design for the facility, factoring in the equipment, safety, efficiency, storage and durability for the application. The quantities of liquid also need to be understood in order to properly size the system and the tanks that will be needed to store the untreated and treated liquid prior to treatment or discharge. All of these factors will help determine the amount of space that will be required to construct the plant. The team tasked to work on this project will need to take into account some key factors including the location, interior features, building design and safety. Read More…
Landfill Maintenance Shops: Determine Needs Before Designing
Waste Advantage Magazine│ March 2016
Maintenance shops are sometimes a necessary component at a landfill site and can serve multiple functions. The main function of this facility is to house and maintain landfill equipment such as dozers, compactors and haul trucks, and is commonly co-located with your landfill employees break room, locker room and offices. This article will focus on the maintenance shop as a key component in keeping your equipment functioning properly. Due to the type of equipment used at a landfill, the design of the shop should include accommodations for the equipment as well as a safe environment for employees to perform equipment maintenance. One of the major factors in determining the type of shop construction is how long the maintenance shop will be left in this location. Oftentimes, maintenance shops are built on future landfill cells and need to be moved in the not-so-distant-future to allow for the cell expansion. The shop should be kept in close proximity to the working face in order to limit the distance from the work area to where the equipment will be maintained. Read More…
Recycling Today│ February 2016
When I was first asked to contribute this article on avoiding overspending during the design/build of a recycling facility, my initial thoughts were on discussing the incidental items, such as thickness of concrete, types of overhead doors and other items along those lines. While these items do play an important part in designing your facility, I believe controlling the “costs” of your new recycling facility hinge more on site selection, efficient and safe design, durability and designing an efficient building layout that is “right-sized.”
We like to look at recycling facilities in two different ways. You have the initial capital outlay to purchase the site, to design and build the facility and to install the equipment. Then you have the ongoing operating costs of the facility, which include your employees and all the building- and equipment-related operations and maintenance costs.
I will briefly dive into how a material recovery facility (MRF) owner can save money in both of these areas—initial capital outlay and ongoing operations—and how to apply these suggestions to your next project. Read More…
Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center features equipment from CP Group
Recycling Today│ January 5, 2016
San Diego-based CP Group, in partnership with Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc., unveiled what they describe as a “state-of-the-art” recycling center in a November 2015 grand opening ceremony. The grand opening welcomed more than 450 attendees to tour the facility and education center.
The 110,000-square-foot Southern Nevada Recycling Center has been dubbed by Republic Services as “the largest and smartest residential recycling center in North America.”
Site development constructed by Cambridge Cos., Griffith, Indiana, and equipment installation by CP Group was completed in a remarkable 12 months, from the groundbreaking in November 2014 to the grand opening at the end of 2015, CP Group says. Read More…
MRF: Safety and Efficiency
MSW Management│ January/February 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) points out on its website that while recycling is good for the environment, it can be dangerous for workers. Certain materials in the wastestream directly pose hazards to workers. Additional hazards include vehicle traffic, moving machine parts, unexpected machine startup, lifting injuries, slips, trips, and falls.
There have been six baler-related deaths or injuries at a recycling or waste management facilities nationwide since 2000, according to OSHA. In the latest, a worker at a Winter Garden, FL, recycling operation was killed while trying to clear a jam in a massive cardboard compactor and bundling machine. Read More…