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BioHiTech Global, based out of New York, recently announced it has initiated operations at the first HEBioT renewable resource recovery facility in the U.S., located in Martinsubrg, West Virginia.

The first phase of plant commissioning including the facility’s reception area, overhead bridge cranes, and its primary mechanical sorting equipment has been completed. The Martinsubrg facility recently begun the next phase of plant commission and progressing operations, which includes receiving limited amounts of waste and beginning runs of its patented HEBioT high-efficiency mechanical and biological treatment process producing an EPA-recognized solid recovered fuel (SRF).

According to BioHiTech, the Martinsburg Facility is expected to generate $7 million of high margin revenue annually while diverting from landfill as much as 80 percent of the waste that enters the facility. The majority of the municipal solid waste feedstock delivery is covered under a ten year ‘put-or-pay’ agreement with a local waste hauler owned by Gold Medal Group, a regional waste management company backed by Kinderhook Industries.

One hundred percent of the SRF that will be produced is subject t o a 10-year, take-or-pay agreement with Argos USA, LLC., one of the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States. The SRF manufactured at the facility will be utilized by Argos as a partial replacement for coal used in the cement manufacturing process.

The 56,000-square-foot facility is completely enclosed and fully automated with no waste being exposed to the outside environment and no workers in direct contact to the waste processing.

“The initiation of revenue generating operations at this first facility of its kind in the United States is a pivotal moment for our company and an important step forward in the movement to lessen the environmental impact of waste management,” commented Frank E. Celli, CEO of BioHiTech Global. “This flagship facility will add significant high margin revenue and will serve as a model for how BioHiTech can cost-effectively create positive environmental change throughout the United States.”

“By bringing this facility across the finish line we are now at the starting line for sustainable long-term revenue growth with a roadmap to build significant value for our stockholders.”

BioHiTech is the largest owner of the Martinsburg Facility, through a majority-owned subsidiary company with a 78 percent controlling interest in its operations. Gold Medal Group owns the remaining minority stake.

“We are excited to be a part of this important project which marks the beginning of positive change in the way we can manage waste in this country,” said Mike Schmidt, Executive VP of Gold Medal Group. “The Martinsburg Facility will allow Gold Medal to divert over 60,000 tons of the municipal solid waste we collect in the area from landfills annually at no additional cost to those residential and business customers we service.

“This landfill diversion, as well as the creation of a renewable fuel that can be used locally, helps to solve two environmental problems while serving as a model that BioHiTech and Gold Medal can replicate throughout our current business footprint. We look forward to working together with BioHiTech to roll out this technology in the U.S. and reduce the burden that waste generation has on our environment.

According to BioHiTech, HEBioT solid waste processing technology has been successfully deployed at seven facilities in Europe which currently process in excess of one million tons of solid waste per year. The HEBioT process recovers almost 80 percent of municipal solid waste by integrating OEM sorting equipment with patented MBT (mechanical/biological treatment) technologies into a dedicated fully enclosed processing facility.

Celli says the disposal of waste using this system is cost effective and results in a number of environmental benefits, including a significant reduction in the amount of mixed municipal solid waste ultimately disposed of in landfills, recovery of biomass, plastics and other carbon materials, and the production of an EPA-recognized, high calorific, solid recovered fuel which replaces coal and other traditional fuels, along with their associated harmful emissions.