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Breaking Ground for a New 3,000 Ton Per Day Waste to Energy Facility

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Raymond H. Schauer

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

Leah K. Richter

Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of Arcadis, Plantation, FL

Paper No. NAWTEC20-7040, pp. 79-87; 9 pages
  • 20th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 20th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Portland, Maine, USA, April 23–25, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Materials and Energy Recovery Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4483-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Created in 1978, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (Authority) has developed an “award winning” solid waste management system that includes the following facilities to service the residents and businesses in Palm Beach County, Florida:

• North County Resource Recovery Facility (NCRRF);

• Residential and Commercial Recovered Materials Processing Facility;

• Six Transfer Stations;

• Class I Landfill;

• Class III Landfill;

• Biosolids Processing Facility;

• Ferrous Processing Facility;

• Woody Waste Recycling Facility;

• Composting Facility; and

• Two Household Hazardous Waste Facilities.

The Authority has proactively planned and implemented an integrated program to provide for the long term, reliable, economically sound and environmentally sustainable management of solid waste in Palm Beach County.

The County’s anticipated growth necessitated that the Authority evaluate several options for long-term processing and disposal capacity. This resulted in a decision to expand its WTE capacity with a new mass burn facility, the first facility of its kind to be constructed in the US in almost two decades, reaffirming its commitment to waste-to-energy. The planned 3,000 TPD facility will provide the Authority with a total disposal capacity of 5,000 TPD generating approximately 150MW of renewable energy. The decision to proceed with the expansion was approved by the Authority’s Board in October 2008. The Authority, with its Consulting Engineer, Malcolm Pirnie/ARCADIS, has since made significant progress in the implementation of this landmark project including the completion of the preliminary design, securing environmental permits, procuring a full service vendor, issuance of nearly $600 million revenue bonds for signing an electrical sales contract, and ongoing extensive public outreach efforts.

This presentation will focus on the ongoing development of the new mass burn facility and an update of the status of activities conducted to date such as:

Environmental Permitting – Issuance of the PPSA Conditions of Certification and submittal of the Post Certification/Pre Construction requirements;

Vendor Procurement – Iterative procurement process designed to obtain vendor input through final selection and contract award of a full service vendor (Design, Build and Operate);

Preliminary Design – Innovative design features such as the utilization of SCR technology for control of NOx emission and incorporation of rainwater harvesting and water reuse;

Public Outreach – the Authority’s efforts to keep the public informed through mass mailings, community meetings, television commercials and educational materials for all audiences; and

Financing – Approach designed to preserve alternative minimum tax benefits.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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