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Waste Advantage: Sustainable, Positive Environmental Change

Committed to a mission of zero waste, BioHiTech Global (Chestnut Ridge, NY) recently opened the nation’s first, full-scale High Efficiency Biological Treatment (HEBioT) facility in Martinsburg, WV to offer an immediate solution to the country’s looming landfill crisis. The Martinsburg, WV Facility is expected to divert as much as 80 percent of the waste that enters the facility from nearby landfills, extending the useful life of existing landfills by as much as 500 percent, therefore reducing the need to expand or develop new landfills, ultimately preserving precious land for more beneficial uses.

The majority of the municipal solid waste feedstock delivery is covered under a 10-year ‘put-or-pay’ agreement with a local waste hauler, Apple Valley Waste, owned by the Gold Medal Group, a regional waste management company backed by Kinderhook Industries. One hundred percent of the Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) that will be manufactured at the facility will be used by Argos and other cement kilns as a partial replacement for coal used in their cement manufacturing process.

The fully enclosed, fully automated, 56,000-square-foot facility, resembles a warehouse with no waste being exposed to the outside environment and no workers in direct contact to the waste processing, making it a technological breakthrough in how waste has been processed in more than 50 years.

The management of the waste in this system is cost effective and results in a number of environmental benefits, including a significant reduction in the amount of mixed municipal solid waste ultimately disposed of in landfills, recovery of biomass, plastics and other carbon materials, and the production of an EPA-recognized, high calorific, solid recovered fuel which replaces coal and other traditional fuels, along with their associated harmful emissions.

While there are currently eight facilities like this in Europe, the Martinsburg, WV facility represents the first of its kind in the U.S. and is an important step forward in the movement to improve waste diversion from landfill and create sustainable, positive environmental change throughout the U.S.

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