Warren County, Tennessee
A group of local investors and concerned citizens pooled resources to construct the first commercial WāstAway facility in Warren County, Tennessee. The plant began operations in June of 2003 handling all of the county’s municipal solid waste. Warren County was recognized by the State of Tennessee for attaining the highest recycling rates in the state on an annual basis. The Warren County facility also produces a commercial growing substrate, available for bulk purchase and testing of extruded building products. In 2008 WāstAway reduced Tennessee operations to focus on rapid deployment of the new plant in Aruba. Commercial operations continue, but the facility is focused on proving key pieces of the new WāstAway Series 200 technology. Initial Series 200 shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2011.
The tropical Caribbean island had no viable options for dumping the tons of waste generated by the 105,000 residents and thousands of tourists who visit each year. The island’s landfill, visible to tourists as they arrive and depart from the major airport on the island, was overflowing. The solution was to develop a WāstAway facility at the edge of the landfill. The Aruban project, which included design, manufacture, construction, and start-up, took two years to complete. The facility has been operational since July, 2009. An additional benefit of the WāstAway technology is that residents of Aruba do not have to sort their garbage, since the WāstAway process eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming garbage segregation.
St. Thomas, USVI
The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement and the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (WMA) has signed a 20-year Solid Waste Management Services Agreements with affiliates of Denver-based Alpine Energy Group LLC (Alpine) to build, own and operate an alternative energy facility to serve the residents of St. John and St. Thomas. The alternative energy facility, to be built on St. Thomas, will convert municipal solid waste into high-quality sustainable and reliable refuse-derived fuel (RDF) using WāstAway technology. The RDF will be used as fuel to generate electric power on the island of St. Croix. Construction is expected to commence in late 2011 with an anticipated completion date during 2013. The facility in St. Thomas will be located at Long Point, on the southeastern shoreline known as Estate Bovoni.
St. Croix, USVI
Denver-based Alpine Energy Group LLC (Alpine) has announced plans to build a second WāstAway facility on the island of St. Croix. The WāstAway plant will be part of a comprehensive alternative energy facility that will generate up to 16 MW net of electric power using RDF produced by the WastAway System. Construction is expected to commence in late 2011 with an anticipated completion date of 2013. Total project costs are estimated at $160 million. The Alpine facility in St. Croix will be built in the Anguilla area near the Krause Lagoon, southwest of the Hovensa refinery.