Well, of course, MRFs have been the key to Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) since the term was coined; otherwise, there’d be no reason to interrupt the flow from curbside to landfill other than to consolidate things and save a little wear and tear on collection vehicles. So why bring the subject up now?
It has to do with the 65% of stuff that bypassed the sieve and ended up going to the landfill because we had decided there was no reasonable use for it except possibly as compost.
Well, it’s the same stuff that been coming in for lo these many years before being sent to the landfill isn’t it? Why not just send it to some sort of energy-from-waste system minus the recyclables and be done with it? Well, you just might if you’re feeding a mass-burn incinerator that’s got a lot of latitude in its diet, but what if that’s not the way you want to go? Let’s suppose for an instant that you have a contract to provide a very specific feedstock for one of those CTs that are popping up like oxalis in your favorite field of clover. It’s here that sorting and processing reach a new level of precision, because most of these systems are very particular as to what materials they can live with…and this likely means increased investment, the prospect of which may not warm the cockles of your heart.
In my most recent Editor’s Comments, which went to the printer on Monday, I suggested a possible course of action that might help with funding, at the same time letting someone else worry about the type of CTs to invest in, limiting your responsibility to providing the feedstock. [If you can’t wait for the issue to mail, drop me a note at email@example.com and I’ll respond with a copy.]
Change is a real hog-bear, but eventually you are going to have to choose whether you still intend to remain in the ISWM league and, if so, how you can fund the required programs.
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