Solid Waste Advisory Council visits energy-from-waste facility

Members of the Rutherford County Solid Waste Advisory/Steering Council recently visited a facility in Huntsville, Alabama that converts trash to energy.

Members of the Rutherford County Solid Waste Advisory/Steering Council are hearing how the boilers work as part of the Covanta facility’s energy-from-waste process.

In their tour of the Covanta Energy facility, they saw how solid waste can be used to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta touts its process as being a superior sustainable alternative to landfills.

This is the crane operator’s view of the trash as it is dumped from trucks on the right and how the operator mixes and piles the trash on the left. That pile will be fed into the boilers as fuel.

With the Middle Point Landfill expected to reach capacity no later than 2024,  the Solid Waste Advisory Council is working to find a solution. The cost of solid was without question will go up, but the group is looking for a way forward that is sound fiscally and environmentally.

Monitors allow the operator to observe inside each boiler and to keep track of trucks bringing in waste.

The Advisory Council earlier visited a similar facility in Wilson County.

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