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Ash Recycling and Processing Facility

Location: 2650 Blackbridge Road, York, PA 17406

In March 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a major permit modification for the construction and operation of the Ash Recycling and Processing Facility (ARPF) within the current permit boundaries of Solid Waste Permit No. 400561.

In August 2016, the Authority began construction of the ARPF, a project that supported 50-100 local construction jobs.  Installation of proprietary ash processing and recycling technology was completed by the facility operator, York Reduction Systems, LP in May 2019.

The ARPF, located on a paved 5-acre site at 2650 Blackbridge Road, began operations in May 2019.  The ARPF features a wet separation technology (developed and patented by Pure Recovery Group LP) which is the first of its kind in the United States.  During a pilot program conducted from August 2014 to March 2018, municipal waste combustion ash from the York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC) was processed using components of this technology at a production-scale demonstration plant.  The wet separation system of ARPF offers a unique, multifaceted approach to increase the recovery of recyclable materials contained in municipal waste combustion ash.  The process results in the harvesting of viable commodities (aggregates, metals, and sand) from the YCRRC’s municipal waste combustion ash and will further reduce the overall remaining volume of ash that must be managed at a landfill.

Full facility acceptance status was achieved in 2020.  The Authority is in the process of identifying end uses for the harvested aggregates and sands recovered at the ARPF.