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Waste water treatment facility put into service

SoVaNow.com / September 30, 2010
A co-generation facility at the Halifax County Industrial Park which has been idle for the past several years is being upgraded for use as an industrial waste water treatment facility by Spirit Services, Inc.

According to an announcement released this week, Converted Organics and Spirit Service, Inc. is partnering to develop an industrial waste water treatment facility at the site, located on Route 58 west.

Converted Organics of Boston announced recently that it has signed a letter of intent with Spirit Services, Inc. of Williamsport, Maryland to develop a self-powered industrial waste water treatment complex at the South Boston site using Converted Organics technology for the evaporation and zero-liquid-discharge of industrial waste water.

Spirit equipment will run on three recovered waste oil and fuels, bio-diesel or natural gas-fueled engines, with the waste heat generated by these engines used to power Converted Organics’ wastewater concentrator.

“The system we are deploying is substantially more energy efficient than other industrial waste water technology, given its ability to run on waste heat generated by the oil treatment system. We believe that the industrial waste water market represents a significant growth opportunity for Converted Organics as we work to build a portfolio of green assets, and are excited about the prospects that exist for the company in this arena,” said Rick McEwen, president and general manager of the Converted Organics Industrial Wastewater Resource Division.

McEwen said his company uses no chemicals in its treatment process and no water is put back after the treatment. He said the waste water is collected from places like car washes and large parking lot areas as well as from food processing plants.

Once the system is installed at the South Boston site, McEwen said his company plans to apply for carbon credits and government grants, based on the technology’s ability to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption through its use of waste heat and renewable energy as thermal fuel.

He added that it will take some three to five months to complete the project and that a “significant number of jobs will be created for its operation, depending on the scope of the work.”

The announcement pointed out that Converted Organics is dedicated to producing high-quality, all-natural, organic soil amendment and fertilizer products through food waste recycling. It uses its system to process various biodegradable food wastes into dry pellet and liquid concentrate organic fertilizers that help grow healthier food and improves environmental quality.

Spirit Services, Inc. is a full service recycling company specializing in the treatment of non-hazardous waste materials, including industrial and domestic wastewater, generated by various industries and municipalities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

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