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SWACO to build waste recycling facility in Ohio

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Team Gemini, a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida, has entered into an agreement with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to build a landfill receiving facility and materials recovery facility (MRF) on property in Grove City, Ohio.

The agreement sets the stage for integrating a viable sustainable solution that reduces SWACO’s use of landfills and will eventually eliminate the need for their use by replacing them with a landfill receiving facility (LRF) that works with a waste stream recovery and recycling facility.

Team Gemini has been selected by SWACO to build both the LRF and the waste stream recovery facility, which is being called the “Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling” or COR3, in a tract of land south of Ohio State Route 665 in Grove City, Ohio.

The LRF will be owned and operated by SWACO, while the COR3 facility will be owned and operated by Team Gemini and both buildings will have a combined area of over 185,000 sq. ft.

When the project is completed, all municipal solid waste (MSW) will be delivered to the receiving facility, where the waste will then be directed to either the MRF/COR3 or the landfill – a procedure that will allow MSW haulers to remain on pavement without having to climb the hill.

Initially, the MRF will be able to process up to 2,000 tons per day, with plans to achieve nearly 100 percent recycling of the MSW received from the LRF.

After recyclable materials are recovered, which include metals and plastics, the balance of the organic waste will be preprocessed for use in anaerobic digesters and other sustainable energy generation technologies.

In addition to the LRF and COR3 projects, Team Gemini has signed a lease with SWACO to develop a 343 acre tract of land north of S.R. 665, to create industrial and research park that will serve as a sustainable business cluster powered by the waste stream located within a Community Reinvestment Area.

Team Gemini plans to become the anchor tenant in the industrial park, which will be named Gemini Synergy Center, and will build process facilities including a biogas/biomass plant, a facility for converting compost into fertilizers and hybrid soils and the conversion of plastics into oil.

In addition, Team Gemini will manage an additional 35 acres of automated greenhouses that can grow organic food year-round.

The total investment by Team Gemini is planned to be up to $300 million.