Yard Waste Recycling Facility
The SWA accepts and recycles more than 200,000 tons of yard waste annually. Approximately half of this material is processed at the SWA’s on-site Yard Waste Processing Facility. The other half is delivered by SWA tractor trailer to two private contractors under contract to the SWA for processing. The yard waste managed by the SWA is processed into mulch for use in the SWA’s Compost Facility, as a boiler fuel, or as a soil amendment.
Receiving and Drying
Yard waste is received at the SWA
transfer stations or at the Yard Waste Processing Facility. From the
transfer stations the material is transported to either the Yard Waste
Processing Facility or one of the SWA’s contractors. Upon delivery to
the Yard Waste Processing Facility the material is inspected and visible
contamination is removed. The material is then stockpiled to dry prior
to processing. The drying process is crucial to ensuring the quality of
the end products.
Contaminate Removal, Processing and Screening
After 3 to 5 weeks of drying, the
material is processed in a stationary system. This system consists of a
manual picking station for removal of plastic bags, metal, and other
contamination, a horizontal grinder to size reduce the material, and a
series of screens that size the material to meet the desired
specification. The final products are then stockpiled for end use.