In March of 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a major permit modification for the construction and operation of an Ash Recycling and Processing Facility within the current permit boundary for Solid Waste Permit No. 400561. The Authority broke ground for the project on August 22, 2016 and the facility is expected to be completed in 2018. The Authority will construct the facility while York Reduction Systems, LP will provide and operate the technology and processing equipment. During construction, it is anticipated that the project will support 50-100 local construction jobs and ultimately employ approximately 10 additional full-time employees. The new facility will utilize proprietary ash processing and recycling technology and will be the first facility built for this type of system in the United States.
In a pilot program that ran from 2014 to 2017, ash from the York County Resource Recovery Center had been processed using this new technology in a production-scale demonstration plant. The plant was constructed to prove the efficacy of wet-separation technology employed by York Reduction Systems, LP and to increase recovery of recyclable materials contained in the ash. This process results in the harvesting of valuable commodities (such as aggregate, metal and glass), out of the municipal waste combustion ash and will further reduce the overall remaining volume of ash.
The Ash Recycling and Processing Facility is located at the 5-acre paved site that formerly hosted the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Site and Electronics Recycling Program. The project is a component of the Authority’s current significant reinvestment in its waste processing facilities to ensure sustainable management of York County’s municipal solid waste well into the future.