The City of Springfield, Mass., currently uses a contract
composting facility, which is located at the 65 MGD Bondi Island Wastewater
Treatment Plant to dispose of their solid waste.
The composting facility requires a feed of 40-45% solid
materials to effectively operate the composting process. The treatment plant,
which has primary settling and a conventional waste-activated secondary process
with no digestion, produces 20-23% cake solids from their belt filter presses.
In the spring of 2002, the City of Springfield installed a
Komline-Sanderson Biosolids Drying Facility. The drying facility consists of a
wet cake storage silo, progressing cavity sludge transfer pumps, and a
Komline-Sanderson 3,000 sq. ft. indirectly heated stainless steel dryer.
In addition, a post-mix conveying system was incorporated
into the application to mix and convey dewatered belt press cake and dried
biosolids, to have a final consistency of 40-45% solids at the composting
Not to mention, the installation also includes a thermal
fluid boiler heated by natural gas and a particulate, as well as an odor
control facility to minimize odor from the drying process.
The drying facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a
week with minimal operator attention.
One operator is in charge of both the drying facility and
the belt press de-watering facility per shift. The Komline-Sanderson indirectly
heated dryer produces a dried product having 95% solids, which could be
disposed of as a Class A, exceptional quality material.
However, the treatment plant mixes the dried biosolids with
the 20-23% solid belt press sludge before sending the 40-45% mixed material to
The malodorous off-gases from the dryer pass through a water
spray condenser where the water vapor is removed before the non-condensable gases
are sent to a thermal oxidizer, which exists at the treatment plant to handle
odors from the composting facility. The indirect dryer contributes less than
800 actual cubic feet per minute to the thermal oxidizer, which permitted the
use of the existing odor control facility.
The City of Springfield values the reliability and low
maintenance requirements of the Komline-Sanderson Biosolids Drying system as
well as the size and minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
Odors and dust have been non-existent, which is especially
important to the treatment plant, which is located near the downtown area of
For more information, call Komline-Sanderson at
908/234-1000, or visit them online at www.komline.com.
Komline-Sanderson minimizes solid waste disposal costs in Springfield, Mass.