Decon & Reuse 18  -  Tour, networking and awards nominations! 
Sign up and nominate here by Sept 8th.

One Tour Two Locations!

Waste to Energy Facility

The Kent County Waste to Energy Facility accepts municipal solid waste from six core cities, by ordinance, in Kent County. The facility can process up to 625 tons of municipal solid waste per day. Through this process, the municipal solid waste is reduced 90% by volume and 75% by weight.  The remaining ash is  landfilled at a monofill at South Kent Landfill.  Before landfilling, ferrous metals are removed using magnets. About 4,500 tons of ferrous metal is recycled every year at this facility.

At the Waste to Energy Facility, participants will have the opportunity to watch as solid waste is converted into steam through carefully monitored incineration in specially designed boilers. The steam goes through a turbine to generate electricity. A small portion of the electricity is used in-house and the rest is sold to an electricity supplier to be used in nearly 11,000 homes and businesses across Kent County.

After this tour, participants will understand the process of converting municipal solid waste into electricity and learn how municipal recycling programs and other community waste diversion efforts complement waste to energy facilities.

South Kent Landfill 

In 2017, Kent County produced 14 billion pounds of trash, the equivalent of filling the University of Michigan’s Big House football stadium twice in a single year. What’s worse, nearly 75% of this “waste” should have been recycled or composted while other portions could be reused or repurposed.

During the tour of South Kent Landfill, participants will have the opportunity to see where ash from the Waste to Energy Facility ends up, the two miles of methane wells, a new cell in progress, and the compactor and trucks on the working face (weather permitting).  Trash that enters South Kent Landfill passes over the scale at the scale house, heads up to the working face, and is buried under layers of trash and dirt before becoming a closed landfill covered with soil and grass.

After this tour, participants will see first-hand the opportunities that are in front of every community tasked with managing solid waste and will learn about how leadership and vision can change the trajectory of solid waste management forever.

Cost:  $25
Payment Options: 
Already Registered for the conference:  please pay at the door* or through pay pal.
Not Registered?  Sign up and pay for the tour when you register for the conference.

*If you are paying at the door please make sure to let us know at the link up top.

Meet in the main entrance of Eberhard Center upstairs.
Meet at 12:15, bus leaves at 12:30.

Networking Night at City Built Brewing
This event is sponsored by West Michigan Environmental Action Council and we will be joining the Grand Rapids "Green Drinks" folks who are graciously sharing their venue with us. 
We will also be holding our Awards Ceremony up on the roof! 
Again, please let us know at the link above.

New list of Awards this Year

Reuse Lifetime Achievement  Award: to be given annually to someone that has been a major influence in our industry over the course of their life and work. Selected by Board and ED. 

BMRA Volunteer of the Year Award: to be given annually to an individual [non board member] that has gone above and beyond by giving substantial time and energy to our organization directly.  Selected by Board and ED. 

Community Champion of the Year Award: to be given annually to a government agency, organization, or business for outstanding work promoting reuse and deconstruction within their community. Open to nominations. 

Building our Industry Award: to be given annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond to integrate the reuse industry with other tangential industries to promote reuse and deconstruction. Open to nominations. 

We are asking for nominations for two of these new Awards! 
"Community Champion of the Year" and "Building our Industry Award". Please help us with your nomination by following the link way up top.

Networking last year in Portland OR.

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