FCR Recycling partner to develop recycled fuel facility
Forsite Development announced that it will
team with FCR Recycling and its community energy solution approach
for the design and operation of a $30 million dollar “Recycled
Fuel” facility that will vastly improve Mecklenburg County’s
recycling rates and transform non recycling recoverable waste
into a fuel that can be utilized to create renewable electricity.
This recycled fuel will be used to power the proposed 30-megawatt
renewable energy biomass power plant to be developed at ReVenture
Park. The 667-acre eco-industrial park is being developed on
the former Clariant Corp. chemical plant site in western Mecklenburg
The recycled fuel will be created by processing waste through
a state of the art system that will maximize the recovery of
recyclables, and eliminate materials that can cause air pollution
during energy conversion, like PVC, electronics and batteries.
The processing system will further optimize the physical and
chemical characteristics of the fuel with FCR’s proprietary engineered
fuel technologies, and densify it into a renewable fuel.
Forsite president, Tom McKittrick, stated, “The utilization of
recycled fuel as our feedstock is the single greatest difference
between our project and a conventional waste-to-energy plant
that burns raw garbage. We are laser focused on ensuring that
our project is environmentally responsible and does not contribute
to air pollution.”
The project will likely be developed at the closed Statesville
Avenue Landfill site. Beyond the significant new investment,
the project will also create more than 100 new jobs in the County
and is slated to be operational April of 2012. The facility will
dramatically increase Mecklenburg County’s recycling rate, and
divert approximately 340,000 tons of waste annually from local
landfills. Over the life of the project, the amount of trash
diverted would be enough to completely fill Bank of America Stadium.
The recycled fuel process will represent a significant stride
towards zero waste. The aggressive recycling recovery part of
this project will not only harvest hundreds of thousands of tons
of renewable resources, it will insure Mecklenburg County is
fully compliant with the North Carolina laws which bans bottles
and cans from landfills and dramatically improves the environmental
footprint of the county.
- Combined with Mecklenburg County’s single stream recycling
efforts, the project is likely to push the County residential
recycling rate to greater than 35 percent and landfill diversion
rate to levels in excess of 65 percent.
- The project will offset more than 250,000 metric tons of
CO2 equivalent emissions annually by recovering additional recyclables
from the waste stream.
- The recycled fuel created from the project will produce
enough green electricity to power more than 30,000 homes each
- The processing facility is expected to create more than
100 new jobs and $5,000,000 annually in new tax base.
- Additionally, the process will offset more than 95,000
metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions annually by replacing
coal to produce base load power.