Fiberight is one of the first companies in the United States to have shown, at scale, that your trash is a resource. Their Hampden project will change the way Maine deals with its trash.
Once municipal solid waste is delivered, a first sort removes unsuitable waste, such as inert materials and large bulky items. A state of the art separation system recovers curbside-type recyclables from food waste and other organics in the waste stream. What’s left after sorting is pulped and converted.
Once the recyclables are removed, the rest of the waste is pulped and remaining plastics are separated from pulped organic materials. The organic pulp is washed to remove contaminants and dirty water is sent to the anaerobic digester to generate biogas and clean the water.
Clean pulp may then be used to make new paper products, biomass fuel or converted into sugars. Fiberight’s system is able to process the clean pulp by using bio-catalysts to break down natural carbohydrates into liquid sugars. These liquid sugars may either be processed into biogas by the anaerobic digester or fermented into biofuels.
Waste water is handled on site and re-used in the process.
Once renewable fuel production is complete, a digestate fiber is available for compost or to be pelletized for energy recovery.
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