The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 11, 2014

Bio-reactor to be removed from landfill

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — After sitting non-operational for more than a year, the Clinton County landfill’s bio-reactor is expected be removed from the property before spring.

A Rockford, Ill., company will purchase the bio-reactor kiln for $42,250. Out of three bids received for the removal of the equipment, Behr Iron & Steel, Inc, of Rockford, was the only one to offer to pay the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency anything. The agency unanimously approved Behr’s proposal.

“It seems that the Behr proposal would be the most beneficial to us,” said CCASWA Director of Operations and Education Brad Seward during a Thursday night meeting. “Quite frankly, some of them (the bids) surprised me.”

The CCASWA board reviewed proposals from Behr, Moor’s Salvage & Recovery, Inc. and Environmental Services of Iowa. As a whole, the group was dissatisfied with the bids from ESI and Moor’s.

Moor’s suggested that the agency pay $58,000 for the removal of the kiln. Moor’s would then pay the agency a cost share of the money received for scrap. DeWitt Representative Verlyn Scheckel and Grand Mound representative Ken Mosier pointed out that the CCASWA does not know what the price for the scrap will be.

The proposal from ESI states that the CCASWA would pay ESI $39,500 and the company would retain the right to market the scrap. The bid continues that if scrap prices increase to more than $195 per ton, the cost of having ESI remove the bio-reactor would decrease.

“I would take the $42,000 and run,” Mosier said.

The bio-reactor has sat dormant since it broke down Labor Day 2012, with pieces of yard waste still inside. The CCASWA voted to eliminate the bio-reactor program in June after a quote from James Luther Kiln & Dryer estimated repairing it could cost as much as $750,000.

As part of the agreement, Behr would torch the kiln with the existing leaves and garbage inside the tube. If the debris begins to burn, the proposal asks it is allowed to continue burning unless it poses a threat to people or equipment around the site. Seward will inform area fire departments about burn.

Seward expects Behr to take care of the kiln by February.