Moncks Corner, S.C.—RePower South (RPS) has begun processing material at the company’s recycling and recovery facility for Berkeley County, S.C. With minimal programs in place and a community demanding recycling, Berkeley County chose RPS to deliver the nation’s most comprehensive and cost effective recycling and reuse program to its local citizens.
“We believe it’s time to recycle more, landfill less, and create low carbon, clean, renewable energy,” says Justin Converse, RPS co-founder and chairman. “Our home state of South Carolina as well as Alabama are now leading this effort with us, pioneers with both the commitment to deliver sustainable solutions to residents and to think differently.”
RePower South CEO Brian Gilhuly adds, “RePower South will forever change recycling and the disposal of waste while producing clean energy for generations in Berkeley County. I’m thankful that RPS’ home state is helping demonstrate to the rest of the nation that there is a better way to manage waste.”
“This visionary recycling and diversion program is provided by RPS to Berkeley County at the same cost as landfilling. There is no additional cost for residents, no separate recycling collection required and no additional trucks on the road, all while providing the highest available recycling recovery across the entire County”, says RPS President Scott Montgomery.
In addition to recovering recyclables from all of Berkeley County’s landfill-bound waste, the facility is also recovering non-recyclable papers and plastics to produce ReEngineered Feedstock Fuel (ReEF™), a clean, low-carbon renewable fuel sold to industrial, cement and utility customers to supplement coal in production processes. The fuel is designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as a non-waste fuel.
“Our fuel releases less new carbon than coal and burns cleaner,” says Karl Stechmesser, plant manager. “Berkeley County and RePower South are working together for true environmental change, changing the game for South Carolina and the nation.”
RPS deploys the most advanced technologies available in waste separation and fuel manufacturing. The facility was built on 15 acres inside the Berkeley County landfill under 25 year waste supply and land lease agreements. The facility processes 50 tons per hour with an annual capacity of over 200,000 tons per year.
RPS development partners include Bulk Handling Systems who provided the technology-heavy waste processing system; Loesche Energy Systems who provided the fuel manufacturing system; and Barnhill Contracting Company who was the project general contractor. RPS licenses the fuel technology (ReEngineered FeedstockTM) from Accordant Energy.
About RePower South
RePower South is an advanced recycling, recovery and renewable energy company, helping transform communities toward a sustainable waste and energy future. RPS recovers recyclable materials from the waste stream typically landfilled and further extract non-recyclable papers and plastics to manufacture a low carbon, renewable fuel to replace coal. Repower South holds an exclusive regional license from Accordant Energy, LLC for the development, manufacture and sale of ReEngineered Feedstock Fuel (ReEF™), an EPA determined non-waste fuel. RePower South increases community recycling, diversion from landfill, and use of clean energy.