Waste-to-fuel facility in West Virginia set to open next spring

The joint venture project is set to reduce 28,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

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August 31, 2017
Waste Today Staff
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A municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-solid fuel facility near Martinsburg, West Virginia, is set to open next spring, about a year later than its originally scheduled opening date, a report by Herald Mail Media says. Emily Dyson, a representative of the joint venture project known as Entsorga West Virginia, says that contracting issues got in the way of progress.

According to its website, Entsorga West Virginia is a joint venture between Apple Valley Waste Technologies Inc., Kearneysville, West Virginia; Entsorga Italia, Tortona, Italy; and Chemtex Global, Wilmington, North Carolina.

The facility is set to use a patented mechanical and biological treatment process and is expected to reduce 28,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the report says. The facility is expected to employ 15 to 20 people in a 48,000-square-foot space.

Once completed, the report says, the facility will take MSW through a contract with Apple Valley Waste. Forty to 50 percent of the material is said to be converted into an alternative fuel approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Entsorga will also sell the fuel pellets to a local cement plant, Argos.

Entsorga has leased 12 acres of land from the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority and will pay $70,000 annually in the first two years of the lease, the report says. The lease agreement is worth more than $3.6 million over 30 years.

The solid waste authority has already been using the revenue to offset losses in revenue from the county’s recycling program. According to the report, the solid waste authority will also receive 50 cents per ton of waste received at the facility.