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Hennepin County Environmental Services
 
Background

Employment History

  • Member, Solid Waste Division
    Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services
  • Supervising Environmentalist - Waste Reduction and Recycling Unit
    Hennepin County

Board Memberships and Affiliations

8 Total References
Web References
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, 2 Aug 2009 [cached]
Paul Kroening, supervising environmentalist at Hennepin County Environmental Services, is one of those who peg the changes to the economy.
A series of monthly drops in refuse delivery to Hennepin County facilities started in November 2007, just before the downturn began. From the first half of 2007 to the first half of this year, deliveries of solid waste to the county refuse burner and landfills fell by about 15 percent, Kroening said.
"Clearly, the economy was resulting in less generation of waste," he said.
...
Kroening noted that in June, intake in Hennepin County exceeded expectations for the first time in a year and a half.
SleepProducts | Mattress Component Recycling Work Group
www.sleepproducts.org, 29 Dec 2010 [cached]
Paul M Kroening, Hennepin County Dept. of Environmental Services
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.
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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