The Starter MRF (SMRF)
WHAT IS A STARTER MRF (SMRF)?
Our Starter Material Recovery Facility (“SMRF”) will be a centralized waste management facility (i.e. system) that local areas use to process waste:  compost,  recycle valuable commodities and  dispose of the residual, inorganic leftover waste using our combustor.
Our combustor is the key tool that differentiates our SMRF from current compost/recycling operations. It serves to make the leftover residual "valueless" waste "go away/disappear.” Without our combustor, nothing changes as this waste is piled onto the unsanitary dump or burned.
With the SMRF and combustor as anchor and garbage eater, the mindset of local residents and local businesses should change about the value/importance of collecting waste (and paying for it) as once the waste is picked up, they never see it again. Plus, their local area will be noticeably cleaner (becoming 24/7/365 "waste-free") and local air quality improves, too.
The Process: How It Works
[Assumption] WASTE CAN BE COLLECTED
- A SMRF is not collecting the waste. It is being done by a local waste management firm or local government that has a waste collection program where teams of 3-4 people travel by truck to collect 2-3 tons per truck from local businesses and residents in a defined area. Community drop-off centers may also exist that pay residents for “valuable recyclables.” For "Waste-Free" to truly happen, the waste collector must commit to cleaning up all area streets and roads weekly or even daily, even if not included in specific routes. In some circumstances, and as a condition of operations, the SMRF may have to assume this waste collection role for streets and beaches if there is no other choice, although it would be expected to get paid by local municipalities for doing this work.
 BRING COLLECTED WASTE TO OUR CENTRAL FACILITY
- All collected waste is transported to our centralized waste processing, recycling & disposal center, our SMRF. Each SMRF should be able to process over 50 tons per day, when full operational capacity is reached.
 COMPOST ORGANICS
- A team, at the SMRF, separates out the organic waste for composting where it is later profitably sold as fertilizer.
 RECYCLE VALUABLES
- Next, this team filters out the valuable recyclable inorganic materials to sell, such as metals, bottles and cans.
- As mentioned previously, similar MRFs in the developed world and in a small number of cities within the developing world, have demonstrated the compost/recycle rate to be about 70-80% of all collected waste!
The remaining “valueless” inorganic non-recyclable waste is referred as “residuals” or “fluff.”
 COMBUST LEFTOVER INORGANIC WASTE DESTINED FOR LANDFILL
- Lastly, each SMRF contains a mobile, small-scale Frontline Waste System’s combustor unit. All remaining combustible residual waste is prepped and sent into the combustor for “clean” disposal (about 5000 tons per year). Any minimal leftover non-combustible waste is taken to the local garbage dump.
THE SMRF AS LANDFILL SUBSTITUTE!
Important Note: A SMRF spurs recycling! Without the combustor’s ability to dispose waste within the SMRF, any nascent recycling activities, by and of itself, would most likely not be as robust in many locations.
Why? As stated above, the combustor makes the waste “go away/disappear” in the mindset of people once the waste is picked up– they never see it again. This is the same role, in many respects, that the modern landfill plays within the developed world.
With continuous collecting, processing, recycling and disposal, the area will maintain its Waste-Free status; the substitute for landfill -- via the SMRF -- will be established; and the benefits to local municipalities and residents will be direct and valuable in the form of better health and air quality, cleaner streets and neighborhoods, and, overall, a nicer waste-free place to live and work.
Potential Use Cases
We wrote brief writeups for each of these use cases to illustrate the different ways our unit can be deployed, especially due to its mobility.
Our strategic plan is to focus on just one or two areas, initially, based on market receptivity, ROI, and overall socio-economic benefits derived from simultaneously destroying waste and producing energy.
In 2016, we wrote up 3 solutions that showcase the larger global impact of our WTE combustor: For refugee camps, for destroying plastic, and as an alternative to landfill, especially in developing countries.