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December 4, 2014

CRRA honors Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s AD system

The Monterey (California) Regional Waste Management District’s (MRWMD’s) dry-fermentation anaerobic digestion (AD) facility was recognized with the 2014 Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics - Facility Category Award by the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Sacramento.

The MRWMD has been composting for more than 20 years and began its first landfill-gas-to-energy program in 1983. Opening in February 2013 at the MRWMD, the AD facility employing Smartferm technology from Lafayette, California-based Zero Waste Energy processes up to 5,000 tons per year (tpy) of source-separated organics from local restaurants, generating 100 kilowatts (kw) of electricity and 2,200 tpy of finished agriculture-quality compost. The electricity is sold to a nearby regional wastewater treatment plant to help it achieve its goal of going off of the utility grid. The compost is sold locally.

“With the development and successful operation of your Smartferm anaerobic digestion composting system you have moved not only your operation but our organics industry forward to a new place,” wrote the CRRA. “Your innovative organics management partnership and operation have provided an exemplary leadership example that we look forward to acknowledging.”

The Smartferm dry AD system’s 21-day batch cycle diverts more than 99 percent of organic waste, reduces greenhouse gases, reduces reliance on landfills and produces a clean, green energy and compost in a closed-loop cycle, according to the company.

Smartferm facilities can be designed to develop organic waste from 5,000 tpy and up and can include biogas-processing technology for combined heat and power generation for both on-site use and export as well as compressed natural gas to fuel waste transport vehicles.


National Waste & Recycling Association adds safety director

National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), Washington has added John Haudenshield as its director of safety. Haudenshield will work with stakeholders to address industry safety issues and expand the association’s safety program.

“NW&RA is pleased to bring such an experienced leader in safety and risk management, who also has familiarity with our industry, into the fold to continue our commitment to establishing standards of excellence for safety,” says Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the association.

“The safety programs offered to our members continue to be among our most popular programs, and they will continue improving and developing under John’s guidance,” she adds.

Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he has held senior level safety and risk management positions for a number of companies, including Coca-Cola Bottling Co., where he was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites as well as across a direct store delivery sales region, the NW&RA says.

“I am very excited to jump back into the waste and recycling industry and help NW&RA continue to drive and develop leading safety progress for one of the most safety-conscious industries in America today,” Haudenshield says.

NW&RA says it has championed safety for years, having recently launched a first-of-its-kind Safe Driver Certification program for waste vehicle operators. Additional industry safety programs include Safety Monday, regional training events, the Be Safe Be Proud video series and the Slow Down to Get Around campaign, reminding motorists to drive more carefully near waste collection vehicles.

Haudenshield is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a certified lead auditor of Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001. He has extensive experience with Department of Transportation Compliance, driver safety, incident management and safety and environmental management systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

The NW&RA is a trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry.


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