The total investment for the facility construction and equipment is approximately $23 million.
Construction will be modular concrete placement and steel building technology. The first phase of construction will be the placement of the flooring, walls and roof. The second and more complicated phase is the placement of the mechanical equipment.
The proposed Entsorga West Virginia LLC technology, MBT, when applied to municipal solid waste (MSW) leads to a significant weight loss. The process will lead to the recovery of additional metal recyclables (while not impacting current or future recycling activities), substantial reduction in the need for landfilling and the creation of a final product that is EPA recognized as a renewable alternative fuel called SRF. Each of these accomplishments will result in a substantial reduction in Greenhouse Gasses. There is no hazardous waste or incineration or combustion involved in the MBT process.
Reception – Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) placed by resident’s curbside as it is today, will be brought to the proposed facility by a local hauler. The MSW will be deposited into an indoor aerated reception pit. Air is continuously drawn into the building to avoid odor buildup inside the Facility. There is no combustion or incineration in this process.
MSW processed at the Facility is anticipated to include all of the waste currently allowable by local waste haulers including but not limited to, kitchen organic waste, mixed unsorted paper, plastics, etc. Excluded waste includes all wastes that are currently prohibited by the local waste hauler such as hazardous waste, used oil, source separated recyclables, white goods and construction debris.
No. The proposed process does not combust any waste materials as a method of waste disposal. The proposed process uses mechanical (e.g., conveyors, sorters, and cranes) and naturally occurring biological processes (oxidation or composting) to produce an alternate fuel.
An access road will be built off of Grapevine Road in close proximity to the existing office of the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority. The access road has been permitted through the WVDOT and the Berkeley County Planning Commission.
At capacity the facility will have between 15-20 employees. These employees consist of individuals working at the facility in various positions. Additional employees will be required for the transportation of SRF and recyclables to market, as well as any residual waste to landfills. In addition, there will be a number of services connected with maintenance and cleaning that may be outsourced to local companies.
Entsorga West Virginia, LLC has a signed off-take agreement with Essroc Cement Company in Martinsburg, WV. Essroc currently uses traditional fuels or other alternate fuels in their production process. Other cement manufacturers within proximity to the Entsorga WV facility have also expressed interest in the SRF. The manufactured SRF has been used in European communities by the cement industry, steel plants, power plants, and gasification plants.
The SRF from the Entsorga process has been proven to have contaminants comparable to or less than those found in traditional US fossil fuels. Facilities that have used SRF as an alternative fuel have reduced their Greenhouse Gas Emissions and their overall carbon footprint. In addition to a cleaner burning fuel supply, less MSW will need to be disposed of in landfills. As a result, this will trigger a reduction in GHG emissions of an estimated 24,800 tons per year of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent. Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator (www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.com) below are some statistics that show relative comparisons of carbon dioxide emissions and carbon sequestration to everyday activities:
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