Utah recycler offers to increase city’s diversion rate

Recycling facility Revolve has offered to process the city’s municipal solid waste and C&D debris.

March 17, 2017
Waste Today Staff
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The city of Logan, Utah, is conducting a bid process for private trucking companies to haul municipal solid waste (MSW) from its current landfill to the new North Valley Landfill that is expected to open in September or October, while a new recycling facility is offering to increase the city’s diversion rate, a report by the Herald Journal says

According to the report, the city’s waste management plan calls for 10-ton capacity trucks to pick up curbside waste from municipalities south of Hyde Park and drop it off at the Logan transfer station. At the transfer station, 30-ton trucks will make 15 trips per day hauling 300 tons on weekdays and a little less on weekends.

For municipalities on the north end, curbside waste will head straight to the new landfill.

The city’s Environmental Director told the Herald Journal that Logan can haul the waste between the two facilities for $6 per ton, but wants to see if a private company would cost less. An extra $6 per ton will increase the landfill’s rate from $29 to $35 per ton, which would increase residents’ garbage tax. The bid process is set to end on April 3.

Alex Bearnson, CEO and president of Revolve, a recycling facility set to open as soon as April, said he would be willing to work with the city of Logan and Cache County to divert its waste. According to the report, the city can haul its waste to the recycling facility, dump its MSW and park a truck at the end of the sorting line. The facility’s system of eddy current separators and optical sorters would pick out any recyclables and the remaining waste would be dumped into the city’s trucks and go to the landfill.

Logan is already in a contract with Mountain Fibers to process its recycling until 2020, but Revolve has the ability to process more materials than Mountain Fibers, the report says. 

The contract for processing curbside recyclables in Logan is locked in with Mountain Fibers until 2020, at which point the city will conduct a bid process. Bearnson said Revolve has the capability to recycle more materials than currently offered, like glass and pizza boxes.

According to the report, the city of Logan plans to partially close its landfill and use it to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris until 2020, but Bearnson also offered C&D recycling. Revolve has the ability to process wood, asphalt, concrete and other C&D debris and sell it as a commodity.