High Efficiency Organics Recovery—Conversion of Mixed Waste MRF Fines for Compost Feedstock
Michael Drolet, VP Product Development, TORXX Kinetic Pulverizer Limited
California has prioritized the diversion of organic waste from landfill, but technology and infrastructure limitations are barriers to meeting the state’s aggressive goals. TORXX has developed a novel process to increase the recovery and quality of organics from waste streams currently being landfilled due to high level of contaminants, such as glass, rock, metal, and plastics. This is a game-changer, as it can increase the yield from existing facilities and processes, minimizing the reliance on new infrastructure and collection methods for “clean”, source-separated material. The TORXX Kinetic Pulverizer® processes mixed waste MRF fines, AD digestate and compost residuals in such a way that glass converts to sand and manmade contaminants (plastics, metals) are efficiently separated without significant collateral loss of useful organic material. An overview of how this process is being deployed at a mixed waste MRF will be presented.
Michael Drolet is a 20-year veteran of industrial process and equipment manufacturing. Michael worked at his family’s business as operations manager for more than a decade before entered the recycling industry as a technical sales support and outsource equipment manager for a large recycling system OEM. Joining Steinert as an application specialist in 2011, he used his years of experience in the recycling industry and system integration background to help the company build its scrap and waste business. In 2014, Michael spearheaded the Steinert solutions sales team to manage large-scope projects and heads that department until he joined TORXX’s team spring of 2020, acting now as Vice President of Product Development.