Composting facility design-build options
Only what you need. Only when you need it.
Our composting facility designs offer the ultimate in choice to fit the project’s requirements with footprints, environmental control, and other features tailored to your bio-wastes and volumes.
- Compost 2 types of feedstocks or 20 — in the same batch.
- Process 15,000 tons per year or 150,000 — we size to fit your needs.
- Put those processing bays in a fully-enclosed building or choose open sides for the work zones.
Our basic composting module is, essentially, a reinforced concrete building with coated steel and translucent-panel roofing.
There are three main work zones: (1) intake and blending, (2) primary processing and curing and (3) screening.
Core components of the aeration system can be housed in an “attic” space above the processing bays or installed on the exterior of the building.
Your site, its neighborhood and the regulations of jurisdictional agencies will dictate the level of environmental control/security required. Ready to get started?
Flexible own-operate options
From multi-source, regional composting centers to dedicated facilities for single corporate or municipal clients, McGill’s design-build-operate (DBO) services offer ownership and operating models tailored just for you:
- McGill build-own-operate on our property (we finance)
- McGill build-own-operate on your property (we finance)
- McGill build-operate, customer own (you finance)
- McGill build, customer own-operate (you finance)
- McGill license, customer build-own-operate (you finance)
Want a modern, environmentally-secure composting facility with no capital investment? If you bring a suitable site and guaranteed minimum volumes to the table, we can structure a project requiring little to no capital outlay on your part.
Minimums depend on regional tipping fees and other local influences, but guarantees of 35,000-50,000 tons per year would be typical of many U.S. markets.
Composting add-ons for WWTPs, AD facilities and more
Our biological systems can also enhance efficiencies and reduce operational costs for sludge drying, thermal Waste-to-Energy (WTE), and anaerobic digestion, either as a retrofit to an existing operation or integrated into the design of a new facility or system.
Co-location at water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, transfer stations and incinerators are ideal for both McGill and our customers.
We can even take over a yard waste or biosolids composting site and use less space than an outdoor windrow operation processing the same volume of materials. One McGill facility can process all biodegradables, such as biosolids and sludge, yard waste, food waste, cooking grease, compostable plastics and the biodegradable fraction of construction and demolition debris (C&D). Unpainted/untreated gypsum products can be processed, as well.
Key facility features
- Modular design for the flexibility required to meet your current and future needs
- Rapid throughput via accelerated thermophilic treatment to cut materials handling/labor costs and reduce residence time, requiring less space and resulting in lower capital costs
- Product-focused design and process management for high quality compost with real market value
- Emission security and treatment for mitigation of odors and other nuisance issues
- Real-time and historic compliance data for improved process control and record-keeping
- Optional green energy add-on for maximizing the value of your organic waste stream
McGill regional composting facilities are individually designed to meet specific needs. Primary considerations are capacity, location and the type of waste being processed. Encapsulated (totally enclosed in concrete) processing modules have a minimum capacity of four wet tons per day. There is no maximum design limit for a McGill facility.
Processing modules include a concrete aeration floor, intake/exhaust fans, concrete walls and roof. Options include computerized process control and data-logging, a concrete blending apron, metal building enclosure, biofilter, and McGill operations management. Operator training is included.
To maximize the potential of your McGill facility, we provide operations support and related services specific to compost manufacturing, bio-drying and biological treatment systems.
- Start-up and staff training
- Operations management, strategic planning and facility planning
- Systems/construction design and engineering
- Intake and compost products marketing
- Waste/compost markets analyses and waste audits
- Applied research and demonstration
- Site surveys, assessments and troubleshooting
- Assistance with regulatory issues and permitting
Beyond design-build-operate models and technology licensing, our experienced teams can assist in all aspects of start-up and on-going management of your composting facility, whether designed by McGill or someone else. Who better to troubleshoot your operation than a company with more than 20 years of hands-on experience with just about every kind of organic waste material generated on the planet?
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