The Kent County Department of Public Works (DWP) introduced it has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for an anchor tenant on the future Sustainable Enterprise Park, which is deliberate for 250 acres adjoining to the South Kent Landfill in Byron Heart, Michigan.
The request is the following step in implementing the Sustainable Business Park Master Plan, which was authorised within the fall of 2018, and solidifying its progress towards reclaiming or changing a good portion of the two.1 million cubic yards of waste landfilled by residents and companies in Kent County annually.
DPW has been working intently with its advisory staff together with The Right Place Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan; Fishbeck, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Gershman, Bricker & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), McLean, Virginia; Sustainable Research Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, East Lansing, Michigan.
“We’re searching for an organization that has demonstrated they’ll deal with this quantity of waste and be a part of a public-private partnership with the Kent County Division of Public Works to help in our aim of diverting 90 % of trash from the South Kent Landfill by 2030,” mentioned Emily Brieve, chair of the Kent County Board of Public Works. “We’ve issued the Request for Proposals and anticipate receiving responses from corporations throughout the nation and globe which have confirmed they might help us clear up the issue of mounting volumes of trash. Landfills are usually not the legacy I need to go away for my kids.”
The target of the RFP is to determine revolutionary corporations with confirmed observe information who use know-how to divert and course of waste which is presently despatched to landfills in West Michigan. The specified firm may have expertise with mechanically sorting supplies from the combination of waste presently delivered to landfills, together with residential, industrial and industrial stable waste.
Following the mechanical separation course of, the sorted plastic, wooden, organics and different supplies shall be additional processed into new merchandise or feed shares, equivalent to engineered gasoline, compost, constructing supplies, aggregates and different usable supplies. In response to the DWP, this isn’t solely higher for the atmosphere than landfilling, however it can additionally spur further financial growth exercise and create extra jobs.
Kent County Division of Public Works just lately accomplished a web site and infrastructure evaluation and has developed preliminary price estimates of $17.5 million and recognized potential state and federal funding mechanisms for infrastructure enhancements on the 250-acre property equivalent to utilities, roads and preservation of open house. The implementation schedule depends on responses to the RFP and evaluation and approval by the Kent County Board of Public Works and Board of Commissioners.
In response to an annual report by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Kent County had a 2 % enhance within the quantity of waste buried in landfills over the previous yr. Kent County DPW processes over 1 billion kilos of waste annually and estimates 75 % of that waste could possibly be reused, recycled or transformed. At present, solely 6-Eight % of complete waste is recycled.
The RFP will be accessed on-line here.