BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 55
Digester Facility Wins State Award
Kline’s Services in Salunga, Pennsylania received a 2013 Environmental Excellence Award from Governor Tom Corbett for its Methane Digester Electric Generation Project. The facility utilizes the Biothane anaerobic digestion technology and CHP equipment from Martin Machinery (see “Anaerobic Digester Expands Treatment Options”, September 2012). Kline’s provides wastewater treatment, grease trap cleaning and septage and food processing residuals hauling services in southcentral Pennsylvania. It produces a heating oil fuel from grease trap waste and oil-rich food processing residuals. The digester generates about 400,000 kWh/month, enough electricity to meet Kline’s needs and supplement the local utilities grid. www.klinesservices.com.
Leak-Proof Live Floors
Hallco Industries is marketing leak-proof Live Floors® designed for hauling food waste, scraps and other organic materials. The live floor is leak-proof when combined with Hallco’s Brute front-mount drive unit, according to the company. The floors are available in sizes to fit any truck or trailer, and have a quick snap-in subdeck with a choice of Hallco deck slats. www.hallcoindustries.com.
New Chip Drum
Suitable for large land clearing jobs to green waste recycling, Vermeer’s Tier 4i (Stage IIIB) HG6000 and HG6000TX horizontal grinder has a new chip drum with knives that allows the grinder to produce a consistent sized chip necessary for many applications, including biofuel chips. A premier enhancement is the ability to add or remove spacers to achieve the desired chip size, notes Vermeer. Chip sizes range from 0.125 to 1.50 inches (with 0.125-inch increment adjustments). A number of the high wear areas of the drum are protected by hardened steel parts that extend their life. They are also replaceable via threaded fasteners to reduce labor costs and minimize downtime. To minimize operator cost, screws have replaced the need for babbitt on the knives. A user can adjust the knife via thread fasteners quickly and safely rather than melting babbitt. www.vermeer.com
SC Johnson has introduced Ziplock Brand Compostable sandwich bags, 1.5-quart sized food storage bags and 2.6-gallon food scrap bags. All three bag types are certified compostable under ASTM D6400 by the Biodegradable Products Institute. In addition to making sustainable packaging, SC Johnson reports that it reduced its waste output by 2 percentage points from 2010 to 2011. The company’s goal is to reduce its solid waste by 70 percent of 2000 levels by 2016. www.scjohnson.com
A new on-site system to manage food waste has been introduced by WISErg. The Harvester™ acts as a nutrient recovery system by grinding the food scraps but keeping them from degrading before they are collected and transported to a WISErg refinery that converts the liquid into fertilizer and other agricultural products. The loading unit, equipped with a heavy-duty grinder, is 48-inches wide, 40-inches deep 78-inches tall; the tank is 8.5-feet in diameter and 10.5-feet tall. Capacity is up to 2 tons/day of source separated food waste. www.wiserganic.com.
Mobile Tracked Trommel
McCloskey has introduced the 516RT, a mobile tracked trommel that has a heavy duty chassis with four independent stabilizer jack legs, integrated hydraulic folding conveyors and a radial conveyor with 180° swing that delivers a stockpile height of over 13-feet. Powered by a CAT C4.4 100 HP engine, the 516RT has a 7 cubic yard hopper with a large loading area. Its fully enclosed fines flashing minimizes potential material spillage while the rubber belting extending along the length of the machine reduces blockages, even when working with wet and sticky materials. The trommel has a 5-ft by 16-ft screening surface with three screen sections to allow for flexibility in sizing to maximize productivity. Ground adjustable brushes on the 516RT keep the screen clean and rotate away from the drum for ease of drum change. www.mccloskeyinternational.com.