History of KDC
KDC Energy, LLC, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fiber Recovery Inc. (previously known as Recomp Inc.), has focused on providing solid waste processing with an emphasis on beneficial reuse. Over the past 28 years, it has conducted its business through the following subsidiaries: Super Cycle, Inc. (Super Cycle), a Minnesota corporation; Mill Waste Recovery, Inc. (MWR), a Wisconsin corporation; Recycle Minnesota Resources, Inc. (RMR), a Minnesota corporation; Recomp of Washington, a Washington corporation; and Recomp of Minnesota, a Minnesota Corporation.Super Cycle collected, processed and marketed recyclable material to municipalities, private businesses, and waste haulers. Super Cycle served the City of St. Paul, Minnesota and surrounding communities with curbside collection of recyclable materials. It served 120,000 households collecting approximately 1,600 tons per month. The operation also performed recyclable material collection services for approximately 800 commercial businesses and multi-family apartment buildings through both private and municipal contracts. Through a long-term contract with Ramsey County, Super Cycle operated the County’s 7-acre recycling center, where it marketed recyclable materials. Mill Waste Recovery operated a paper mill sludge processing facility near Wausau, Wisconsin. Paper mill sludge, the waste by-product of the paper making process, has historically been landfilled. However, MWR processed the sludge, which involved drying and “fluffing” or pelletizing the sludge so that it can then be used as fuel for generating electricity. Recycle Minnesota Resources provided processing, redemption, and transportation services to municipalities and private companies in the recycling industry. RMR’s activities complemented those of Super Cycle in both geography and focus. While Super Cycle activities were concentrated in the “Twin Cities”, RMR focused its efforts outside of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro areas. RMR operated three processing centers, one in Rosemount, Minnesota, one in Rochester, Minnesota, and one in Norman County, Minnesota (near Fargo, North Dakota). RMR also operated redemption centers in Bloomington and Burnsville, Minnesota. RMR also provided tractor/trailer transportation services to a private recycling company and to its own processing and redemption centers. Fiber Recovery was the first company to compost Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) on a community level. The facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota (Recomp of Minnesota) composted 120 tons per day of MSW. Additionally, it compacted and long-hauled another 100 tons per day to a waste-to-energy (WtE) plant. Fiber Recovery was also the first company to own and operate two composting facilities when it added a composting plant in Bellingham, Washington, which also utilized anaerobic digesters. Fiber Recovery composted approximately 100 tons per day and processed another 100 tons per day in a WtE facility.Currently, KDC Energy (through Fiber Recovery) operates a renewable fuel plant that generates 2.45 megawatts of electricity. The plant is located in Ringle, Wisconsin, 12 miles southeast of Wausau, and sited on a 5-acre parcel located at the Marathon County Landfill. The 30,000-square foot facility utilizes three Caterpillar generator sets specifically designed to operate on landfill gases. The facility utilizes landfill gas from the Marathon County Landfill to generate power and uses the waste heat in drying paper mill screening. Fiber Recovery takes the exhaust heat of the operating units and directs it to a rotary dryer which creates a renewable fuel pellet that is sold as an alternative to coal in steam and power generation. The material dried is a waste product from a paper mill that alternatively would be landfilled. The plant is currently in the process of converting the operation into a high-Btu gas project.As part of Fiber Recovery’s 28-year history in recycling and creating value out of a material once thought to be waste, it has had success in creating a useful commodity out of the waste stream. It has also composted the organic fraction of the waste stream into a quality soil amendment which was marketed under the brand of Nature’s Blend Compost. Since 1990, Fiber Recovery has processed more than 350,000 tons of paper mill sludge into fuel pellets. Fiber Recovery has also been involved in recycling of a full range of commodities including paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum, and plastics. In a typical year, the company will return more than 125,000 tons of these valuable resources back for reuse. Fiber Recovery also has a long history in pilot programs in recycling polystyrene and gasification of the organic fractions of the waste stream. KDC Energy looks to expand the influence of its core value of creating benefits from waste through acquisition and implementation of existing technologies, as well as focusing on new systems and processes that generate additional advantage to the way we handle and process the refuse created by humankind. Our very way of life and longevity of our planet depends on proper custodianship of the resources we have been given. KDC Energy aims to maximize the resources generated by waste for the betterment of our environment and quality of life.
“The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.”