Mexico's first commercial waste to energy facility to supply alternative fuel under agreement

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Mexico's first waste to energy plant is up and running in Hermosillo, Sonora.

The facility began to take shape two years ago, when waste management specialist Promotora Ambiental SAB de CV (PASA) set out to enter the WtE market.

With more than 6,500 employees, a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles and 43 waste management facilities in Mexico, this environmental company handles 25,000 tonnes of waste every day. But acknowledging the growing pressures being placed on the country’s resource infrastructure, PASA sought to produce a renewable fuel from its residual commercial and industrial (C&I) waste.

Following a global search for the best-fit shredding technology, PASA purchased the XR cutter waste shredder from international brand UNTHA.

Following detailed discussions and trials, one of UNTHA's XR shredders was shipped to Mexico by sea-freight, complete with a discharge conveyor and overband magnet for metal extraction. During commissioning, the technology achieved the required output of 12 tonnes of processed feedstock per hour.

The team plans to further refine the RDF manufacturing process, to heighten the plant’s capacity to 200 tonnes per day, by June 2017.

Head of UNTHA’s waste division Peter Streinik said: “Industry reports predict the Latin American waste management market will evolve over the coming years, but PASA is a forward-thinking company that has kick-started progress, now.

“The smarter environmental thinking shown by this one organisation will hopefully start to change the mindset in this part of the world. More people need to view the value of waste as a resource, not least because increased industrialisation means the cement industry needs more renewable fuels, fast.”

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