Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does it cost more to deliver our “waste” to the Marion MRRF instead of the dumping at a landfill?
No, our tipping fee is competitive with the landfill for “waste” disposal and in most instances is less expensive.
2. Why should I recycle if Fiberight can sort it for me?
Fiberight is dedicated to the solid waste hierarchy established by Iowa’s 1989 Waste Reduction and Recycling Act. Our company’s core mission is to add value to the organic mash generated and landfilled by companies who process recyclables. We believe the highest and best use, for all recyclables, is to keep them clean, which can only be done when you separate. If you need to know more about where to take what in Linn County we encourage you to visit RecycleMoreLinnCounty.Org. With that being said, processing curbside-type recyclables placed in garbage bags, for whatever reason, is necessary as we operate our core business of renewable fuel production. In our eyes, recyclables are absolutely not waste just because they ended up in a trash bag instead of a recycle bin.
3. What is done with the materials delivered to the Marion MRRF?
Based on our extensive experience at our fully-integrated plant in Virginia:
50% will be organics and used for renewable fuels production, which reduces our dependence on imported fossil fuels (OPEC oil) and reduces the ethanol industry’s reliance on an important food crop grown in Iowa, corn.
30% will be cardboard, paper, plastic, metal, textiles and wood waste that are recycled, which reduces the amount of energy and water needed to make new products out of old and reduces the size of our carbon footprint.
20% has no marketable value (at this time) and will be sent to the landfill for final disposal.
4. What about Construction and Demolition (C & D) waste?
Dedicated loads of C & D debris are not accepted at the Marion MRRF.
5. What about hazardous waste?
This is a matter of employee safety. The stuff you are not allowed to put in your trash now is the same stuff not allowed at the Marion MRRF – i.e. hazardous materials (batteries, paints, cleaning supplies), dangerous items (sharps) and infectious / bio-hazard waste.
6. Can you come and speak to our company, our green team, our neighborhood group, our service organization, our school, our book club (you get the picture) about Fiberight and the concept of Zero Waste?
You bet, we have a community liaison who loves to work with companies, organizations and communities interested in improving their bottom lines while improving their environmental performance. Contact us to schedule anytime!
7. How do we get started on our path to Zero Waste?
Contact us today!
8. This seems like its more for businesses, how can garbage, collected at the curb, go to Fiberight first to recover every single pound of material that can be used to make something new, meeting the state’s solid waste hierarchy, and ensuring us only garbage is being dumped at the landfill?
It all comes down to how the word “waste” is defined. The City of Marion, Iowa took two steps to redefine the word “waste” as being something with value, that should be recycled, rather than buried in a landfill:
- A Solid Waste Ordinance was adopted that established a disposal hierarchy (Section 105.06) – where the landfill is the very last choice for how their community will manage “waste” collected at the curb.
- A Resource Recovery Agreement with Fiberight was executed, which recognizes recycling of “waste,” collected at the curb, as the highest and best use for this material instead of sending it directly to the landfill.
9. I’ve heard ethanol is a net energy loser (meaning it takes more energy to grow, harvest and manufacture than it provides) – is it the same with municipal solid waste?
No, it’s not the same at all. The REAL loss and a BIG problem is the 170,000 tons of paper, plastic, metal, wood, and food buried each year at the landfill north of Marion. This problem can be fixed with your support and a simple phone call to us or your solid waste hauler.
10. Can this really be done? I’m having a hard time believing this process.
Not only can it be done, it is being done. Fiberight’s Virginia plant has run over 3,500 hours of continuous operations doing it. We aren’t saying it was easy and there weren’t hard lessons learned along the way, because it wasn’t and there were. However, with the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency for MSW as a feedstock for renewable fuel and the many hoops we jumped through to receive USDA Loan Guarantees, Fiberight is moving forward with plans for industrial commercialization in Blairstown, Iowa. Check out our YouTube video to see our operations in action!
If you have questions, not answered here, please contact us today!