Trash agency mulls plan to turn waste into fuel

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble

The Ul­ster County’s trash agency is be­ing pitched on the use of a fa­cil­ity that would turn waste into fuel.


Ul­ster County Re­source Re­cov­ery Agency board mem­bers are be­ing pitched on the use of a pro­posed fa­cil­ity that would turn solid waste into fuel.

At an agency board meet­ing last week, Entsorga North Amer­ica spokesman Den­nis So­ri­ano took an hour to de­scribe the process, hand­ing out small bags with specks of plas­tic, pa­per and cloth ma­te­ri­als that would be burned as fuel.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for you to look at what you might want to do down the road in terms of how you might want to han­dle your solid waste, how you might want to part­ner with other au­thor­i­ties (and) other coun­ties in the area, and look at the po­ten­tial for a long-term plan,” he said.

So­ri­ano said the tech­nol­ogy his firm would use sorts and shreds ma­te­ri­als to ac­com­mo­date par­tic­u­lar types of fuel needs.

“You could sup­ple­ment this fuel with reg­u­lar diesel fuel,” he said. “It de­pends on the plant and how it’s set up.”

So­ri­ano said two plants of up to 55,000 square feet each are be­ing pro­posed in north­ern New Jersey and up­state New York, but he de­clined to iden­tify the spe­cific lo­ca­tions. He es­ti­mated the plants would cost about $23 mil­lion to con­struct.

“Both of those will prob­a­bly go to per­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions ... in the first quar­ter of 2017,” he said.

Devel­op­ers ex­pect the New York fa­cil­ity would

han­dle up to 300,000 tons of solid waste per year, while the New Jersey fa­cil­ity would ac­cept about 130,000 tons an­nu­ally. The ex­pec­ta­tion is that 30-50 per­cent of the waste could be con­verted into fuel, 3-10 per­cent could be re­cy­cled for metal and plas­tic prod­ucts, and 15-20 per­cent would have other ben­e­fi­cial uses, in­clud­ing com­post­ing.

So­ri­ano said Entsorga is an Ital­ian-based com­pany that has seven fa­cil­i­ties in Europe and one un­der con­struc­tion in Martins­burg, W.Va. Ac­cord­ing a re­port in the Her­ald-Mail news­pa­per, that fa­cil­ity broke ground in De­cem­ber on a for­mer land­fill site, with the com­pany pay­ing $3.6 mil­lion over 30 years to the Berke­ley County Solid Waste Author­ity as a lease. The com­pany was re­ported to have also se­cured a $25 mil­lion bond through a state agency.

So­ri­ano told Ul­ster County trash agency of­fi­cials that part of his pre­sen­ta­tion was to spur in­ter­est in work­ing with the com­pany to build more fa­cil­i­ties.

“If we part­ner with some­body, we’ll build, fi­nance and op­er­ate the plant our­selves and work out an agree­ment ... whether it’s a pri­vate hauler, or the author­ity or what­ever,” he said. “We’ll li­cense the tech­nol­ogy and pro­vide all the en­gi­neer­ing sup­port nec­es­sary to build a fa­cil­ity if some­one wants to do that . ... We’ll do a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship with an agency or an in­de­pen­dent per­son.”

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