Study of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities (American Chemistry Council)

The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing FacilitiesInterest in mixed waste processing (MWP) facilities is an emerging trend in municipal solid waste (MSW) management. This technology is drawing increasing interest from diverse municipalities across the United States and the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division was seeking to learn more about such facilities, as well as recent developments in the technology that will enable these facilities to be part of an integrated waste management system that impact plastics recycling and recovery. GBB was selected to research MWP facilities in the United States as well as international companies looking to sell into the U.S. market and compile its finding into a report entitled The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities – 1970 to Today” which is available on ACC’s website.

GBB was subsequently tasked to prepare a supplemental report reviewing ten specific types of commercially proven equipment that are traditionally used or adapted for the handling of solid waste, such as optical sorting systems, bag openers, and air separation systems and densifiers. The report describes how each type of equipment is uniquely designed for the separation of certain constituents in MSW for both MRFs and MWPFs. The evaluation includes the quality of the finished product; the volume that is captured versus lost; and the speeds at which the processing equipment works.

The supplemental report, entitled The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities—Technology and Equipment Guide” is also available on ACC’s website.