The new center, to be located in Charlotte County, is scheduled to be in full operation in the first quarter of 2014. The $4.3 million facility is designed to provide southwest Florida with a reliable, safe and eco-friendly solution for recycling biosolids and yard wastes into a Class AA compost product, the company says.
The facility also is designed to provide regional municipal and industrial wastewater facilities, along with homeowners, landscapers and local utilities a solution for meeting the challenges of recycling their organic wastes through creating a valuable product.
"Our recycling facility fills a significant need in the area with a cost effective solution to create a sustainable program for management of these materials," says Eric Zimmer, president and CEO of Synagro. "Converting these materials to capture the substantial agricultural nutrient value instead of taking up space in landfills just makes good sense.”
Zimmer continues, “We're proud of the achievements that our technical team working with our local partners has made to make this center a reality; together we are creating an environmentally and economically sustainable solution to the ongoing challenges of managing organic wastes."
The Charlotte County center is expected to process up to 100,000 tons of biosolids and green waste per year, creating 75,000 cubic yards of Class AA nutrient rich compost yearly.
The center will utilize aerobic composting to recycle organics including biosolids, yard trimming and other green waste. The design includes 100 percent recycling of the materials.
Synagro's technology is successfully in operation at three regional compost facilities in the western United States and has been commended for its achievements, including U.S. Composting Council's Composter of the Year and CalRecycle Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) Winner and National Biosolids Partnership EMS Gold Certification.