Investing in the future of recycling, renewable fuel and Iowa
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) currently buried in landfills is a resource to Fiberight, LLC
The key concepts for Fiberight have been “brewing” for many years as Founder and CEO, Mr. Craig Stuart-Paul, blended the experience of working in the micro-brewery and material resource recycling industries to “brew” renewable fuels from the organic “mash” in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). While the two industries don’t seem to mesh from the outside looking in, Stuart-Paul is a visionary who knew the micro-brewery process held the key to the organic mash becoming a viable feedstock for renewable bio-fuel production.
After seven years of research and development, Fiberight has perfected a proprietary process that unlocks high yields of glucose (sugar) from organic waste. The glucose is then converted into alcohol through fermentation and denatured to cellulosic ethanol to be sold to a fuel blender in Eastern Iowa. With over 4,000 continuous hours of operation at Fiberight’s demonstration facility in Virginia under its belt, the process or “pathway” of using MSW as a feedstock for renewable fuels has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Fiberight is confidently moving from the success of the pilot-scale demonstration facility to commercialized production in a shuttered corn ethanol facility in Blairstown, Iowa. Fiberight is in the midst of retrofitting the former corn ethanol facility into a Renewable Fuels Bio-Refinery that will process the organic fraction of MSW into 6 Million Gallon per Year (MMGY) of renewable fuel. The organic fraction of MSW is needed to “feed” the Bio-Refinery.
There are two approaches Fiberight can take to recover the organic fraction of MSW. The first depends on others delivering source-separated organics to Blairstown, IA. The second builds the infrastructure needed to recover the organic fraction, otherwise destined to be buried in Iowa landfills. In doing so, the organic fraction is recovered for renewable fuel production and traditional recyclables in MSW are recycled. When doing so, greater landfill diversion is achieved, recycled content feedstock is provided to manufacturers to make new products out of old, sustainable renewable fuels replace imported fossil fuels, 80 plus green jobs are created, and Iowa moves one-step closer to a zero waste reality.