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Optimizing System Performance and Revenue From Metals Recovery Systems at Waste-to-Energy Facilities

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Thomas M. White

Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., Hampton, NH

David L. Nederveld

Case Engineering, Inc., Mulberry, FL

Paper No. NAWTEC18-3505, pp. 231-235; 5 pages
  • 18th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 18th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–13, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Solid Waste Processing Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4393-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3868-6
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper will review several new Metals Recovery Systems (MRSs) that have been added to existing Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facilities over the past few years. Beginning with the discussion of a basic process flow diagram (PFD), recent equipment refinements, which improve the quality of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, will be explained. The paper will then present ranges of typical metals recovery from the WTE plants. A historical review of the fluctuations in the metals market, and the implications for major capital investments for a MRS, will be discussed, and a project schedule will highlight all key components of a MRS project.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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