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This profile was last updated on 12/29/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Member, Solid Waste Division

Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services
 
Background

Employment History

  • Manager, Environmentalist In Public Works Department
    Hennepin County
  • Environmental Planner and Planning Analyst
    Hennepin County

Board Memberships and Affiliations

8 Total References
Web References
SleepProducts | Mattress Component Recycling Work Group
www.sleepproducts.org, 29 Dec 2010 [cached]
Paul M Kroening, Hennepin County Dept. of Environmental Services
SleepProducts | Mattress Disposal Task Force
www.sleepproducts.org, 28 Sept 2008 [cached]
Paul M Kroening, Hennepin County Minnesota Dept. of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Division
Paul Kroening, supervising ...
www.startribune.com [cached]
Paul Kroening, supervising environmentalist in Hennepin County's public works department, said that compostable bags are about twice as expensive as plastic bags, but he expects the price will drop a bit by next spring as retailers stock up to meet demand.
"They won't be as cheap as plastic because they're made from bioproducts like corn," said Kroening.
07 Mar 02 - CDs; sanding dust; industrial waste; jobs; quotes; green marketing
www.nwpcarchive.org, 7 Mar 2002 [cached]
-------------------- Link to a job posting for an Environmental Planner/Planning Analyst for Hennepin County's Solid Waste Division of Environmental Services, Minneapolis, MN (forwarded by Paul Kroening): https://jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/qh30commhennepin.exe/open Scroll down to the "Environmental Planner" listing.
SleepProducts | Minneapolis opening mattress disposal center
www.sleepproducts.org, 1 June 2008 [cached]
Paul Kroening, supervising environmentalist for the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services' Solid Waste Division, is leading the project.
"Mattresses are a problem in the waste disposal stream," Kroening says.
...
When BedTimes spoke with Kroening in the few months leading up to the opening of the center, he was scrutinizing various types of equipment for use in breaking down mattresses and foundations.
"For the most part, we are looking at the typical materials handling equipment you would see in a warehouse, like forklifts and conveyor belts to move the materials around," Kroening says. "We are looking at a couple of spinning tables for processing the mattresses. A cardboard baler and pneumatic shears for cover removal also were needed. Kroening has consulted with a local equipment manufacturer about the possibility of having some machinery designed or modified specifically for the disposal center.
When a mattress comes through the door, the top will be cut off, the mattress disassembled and the components separated. Components include steel innersprings, cushioning foams, wood, fiber pads, ticking and cotton. Kroening expects about 50% of the materials in each mattress and foundation spring to be recycled or otherwise utilized. The figure may rise to 80% or more, depending on market needs, he says.
Kroening has been talking with the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota at Duluth for help in finding applications for cotton and other fibers.
The new center is being partially modeled on a mattress recycling center run by Goodwill Industries in Duluth that employs three to five people, depending on the needs at the time. But Kroening expects the Minneapolis facility to handle up to four times as many mattresses as Duluth. He also wants the facility to be more automated.
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