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The grapple operator first mixes the material by redistributing the garbage evenly. Once the mixture is optimal for combustion, a claw picks it up and drops it into the furnace feed hopper. This grapple moves about 8,000 pounds/lift.

The boiler steam drum is suspended from steel hangers about 100 feet above the facility floor. Photos: Lee County Solid Waste Division

Once the high-pressure steam has passed through the turbine generating electric energy, the remaining low-pressure steam is condensed to water and recirculated through the boiler.

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