Zero Waste Solutions to Open in Massachusetts in 2014

Facility will produce fuel briquettes.

May 2, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
New Bedford Waste Services LLC (NBWS), a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., New Bedford, Mass., and WERC-2 Inc., Pocasset, Mass., have announced plans to build and operate a recycling facility in New Bedford. The new facility will be known as Zero Waste Solutions LLC (ZWS) and should be open by the summer of 2014. 
The 90,000-sqare-foot solar-powered facility will be built at Rochester Environmental Park, a municipal solid waste and construction and demolition processing facility and transfer station in Rochester, Mass. The facility will accept municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, single-stream recyclables, commingled recyclables and source-separated recyclables.
Additionally, the facility will use WERC-2’s process to produce Eco-Tac fuel briquettes, a solid fuel product that burns, handles and stores like high-Btu coal, according to the company, but with significant emissions benefits, such as a greater than 80 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide and mercury and an approximate 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide. Eco-Tac will be marketed to biomass and coal-fired plants outside Massachusetts.
“By combining the capabilities of our transfer stations and hauling operations with WERC-2’s innovative technologies, we will be able to develop an extremely efficient facility,” says Michael Camara, president of NBWS. “The technologies allow us to process a larger percentage of materials, which can then be recycled and reused. We will be able to recycle as much as 95 percent of the materials accepted at ZWS.”
The new facility will be primarily powered by solar power with 80,000 square feet of solar panels to be installed on the roof.
In related news, the Camara family, owners of ABC Disposal Service Inc. and NBWS, have acquired the paper and cardboard recycling division of AW Martin Inc., headquartered in New Bedford. The acquisition will allow the Camara family to expand its recycling business and service offering. 
NBWS also has a 1,500-ton-per-day municipal waste transfer station and construction and demolition processing facility in New Bedford, an 890-ton-per-day transfer station in Rochester and a 625-ton-per-day transfer station in Sandwich, Mass.