Municipal solid waste may soon fuel vehicles
In the expanding race to provide alternative forms of
energy, ethanol derived from municipal solid waste may soon provide yet
another feedstock to power vehicles.
Masada Resource Group LLC hopes to start construction
on a production facility near Middleton, New York this year to convert
municipal solid waste (MSW) into ethanol. Masada is competing with other
producers to finish the first commercial-scale MSW-to-ethanol plant in
the United States.
The Birmingham, Alabama-based firm has received all
the necessary permits for the site, said Timothy Judge, vice president
of external relations and operations at Masada.
Masada has developed a patented process that converts,
recycles or reuses 90 percent of the incoming waste stream from municipalities
and waste haulers. To help lower the cost of the MSW-derived ethanol,
the operation will utilize fees generated from waste disposal.