How does RePower South transform the way communities recycle?
RePower South transforms a community recycling program by expanding recovery across the entire residential and commercial waste stream. Current recycling programs rely on people who don’t always recycle; therefore, a lot of recyclables still go in the landfill. Further, many community programs do not have 100 percent coverage across all residences and commercial locations, adding to the landfilling of recyclables. Because RePower South processes ALL waste, we recover nearly all available recyclables, regardless of whether people recycle or not or whether a community program serves a residence or business location or not.
What is the impact on the community’s current recycling program?
The community may continue its current residential and commercial recycling programs and would simply deliver the materials to the RePower South facility for processing. In the future, because RePower South recovers recyclables regardless of whether they are source-separated or in the waste stream, a community may explore collection system consolidation to just one waste pickup per location. This consolidation could save communities millions per year in redundant collection system operating costs in addition to reducing truck traffic and city street wear and tear.
What products are created at a RePower South facility?
RePower South facilities are able to transform a community’s waste into three products:
1.) Recycled commodities (Ex. cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, metals/cans, etc., or approximately 20 percent of processed waste) – sold into established commodity markets
2.) ReEngineered Feedstock (created from non-recyclable papers, plastics and select organics, or approximately 50 percent of processed waste) – sold to energy utilities for energy generation and industrial customers
3.) Organic/Residual waste (Ex. dirt, rocks, pens, batteries, chicken bones, etc., or approximately 30 percent of processed waste) – organics are available for anaerobic digestion to gas/cng fuel or composting; residuals are transported to landfills
What is the implementation schedule for transforming a county into a zero-waste community?
Upon definitive agreement, siting and permit issuance, a RePower facility will be operational within 12 months.
Will a RePower South facility site impact a community’s local traffic and waste-related transport?
A RePower South facility will neither positively nor negatively impact issues commonly associated with the collection and transportation of waste at or near landfills and/or processing sites.
Would RePower South accept all waste from trash haulers?
Yes, RePower South would accept and process all residential and commercial municipal solid waste (MSW) delivered to its facility (with the exception of construction and demolition waste, and yard waste, unless otherwise agreed upon).
How will area landfills be impacted?
A community’s landfill(s) will experience a substantial reduction in the amount of waste landfilled each year, substantially increasing the life of the landfill, as well as reducing the annual capital and operating costs required to build, operate, close and manage landfill “cells.”
How are the trash haulers impacted?
Trash haulers will continue to pick up and deliver waste as directed by the community. Depending upon the final site selection, the county has the option of continuing to provide residents with transfer station drop-off locations or to close transfer stations and direct all waste to the RePower South facility.
Would the RePower South facility process construction and demolition (C&D) waste?
No, the facility would not accept and process construction and demolition waste. The county’s current disposal program would continue in its current configuration.
Would the RePower South facility accept yard waste?
No, our facility would not accept or process yard waste. The community’s current yard waste pickup, disposal and composting program would continue as it is currently being done.
However, RePower South has the capability to add a proven anaerobic digestion processing to convert yard and food waste into a compressed natural gas for use in transportation vehicles. RePower South would be happy to explore this option with the community.