Unique Processing Equipment to Maximize Organics Diversion from Landfills
Brian Schellati, Director of Business Development, Van Dyke Recycling Solutions
As part of California’s methane reduction requirement, legislation requires a 75 percent reduction in organic landfill waste by 2025. Some problems that are commonly seen in processing organic matter for anaerobic digestion or composting is that food waste is often still in its supermarket or bulk packaging, and compost from MSW or commercial food waste is often highly contaminated with heavy material such as glass stones, metals, and rigid plastics. This contamination often renders the compost useless and with little to no value. Two unique pieces of separation equipment can greatly help waste processors overcome these challenges and meet or exceed the methane reduction requirement. The SMIMO depackaging machine separates packaging from commercial food waste. These unpacking machines separate the organic content on one side of the separator from the remaining packaging. SMIMO is specially designed to liberate organics while leaving packaging intact and minimize contamination of the organic matter. This organic content can be used in anaerobic digestion technologies and/or composting. A Densimetric table effectively removes contaminants from compost, specifically targeting glass, stone, and metal, but also hard plastics and plastic stickers (like the ones on produce). This separation is done at an extremely high level to produce over 99.5% pure compost.
Brian Schellati, Director of Business Development Brian joined Van Dyk in 2010 with a specific focus on growing new markets, such as mixed waste (MSW) processing, waste to fuels, glass recycling, and compost clean up. With a focus in the power generation industry, Mr. Schellati has over 20 years of experience in successful business development and sales for several industrial equipment suppliers. He received an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Process Engineering from Lehigh University. Mr. Schellati was born, raised and still resides just outside New York City in Westchester County.