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RePower begins construction on recycling and recovery facility in South Carolina, US

US-based RePower South (RPS), an advanced recycling, recovery and renewable energy company, has commenced construction of the recycling and recovery facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina, to process mixed waste.

The project is being built by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) under an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) agreement signed with Barnhill Contracting Company.

RPS president Bob Shepard said: “This system allows us to cost effectively increase a community’s recycling as well as produce a low carbon, clean fuel from waste that is typically land filled.

“BHS systems are a critical component of our ability to offer a better, more cost effective solution to manage a community’s waste disposal.

Planned to be commissioned in early 2019, the recycling plant will have capacity to process 50 tons-per-hour of mixed waste sourced from Berkeley County to recover recycled commodities and a fuel feedstock.

The NRT optical sorters and Max-AI Autonomous QCs (AQCs) technologies advances from BHS companies will allow the plant to run with minimal manual sorters.

The facility will also recover non-recyclable papers and plastics for production of ReEngineered Feedstock, which is a high quality, low carbon renewable fuel.

BHS said that the resulting fuel is sold to industry, cement, and utility customers to replace coal in production processes.

Shepard added: “With NRT optical and Max-AI technology, we have an almost unlimited degree of flexibility to create a wide variety of high quality products to serve multiple markets.

“The technology will maximize the recovery and quality of those products and with Max-AI technology there’s no real need to expose people to this work during the QC process.”

Additional features of the system include a PAAL Konti 500 bale which can bale all commodities headed to the secondary market, including ferrous, aluminum, cardboard, paper, as well a PAAL Dokon 500 to bale plastics and fuel.

Image: Illustration of the recycling and recovery facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Photo: courtesy of NATIONAL RECOVERY TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.