In March of 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a major permit modification for the construction and operation of the Ash Recycling and Processing Facility within the current permit boundary for Solid Waste Permit No. 400561.
The Authority broke ground for the Ash Facility in fall of 2016. The Authority constructed the facility while York Reduction Systems, LP provided and operates the technology and processing equipment. During construction, the project supported 50-100 local construction jobs and now employs approximately 10 full-time employees.
The new facility utilizes proprietary ash processing and recycling technology and is the first facility built to operate this patented process in the United States. In a pilot program conducted from 2014 through March of 2018, ash from the York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC) was processed using components of this new technology.
The pilot facility was a production-scale demonstration plant constructed to prove the efficacy of wet-separation technology employed by York Reduction Systems, LP (YRS) to increase recovery of recyclable materials contained in the ash. The process results in the harvesting of viable commodities (such as aggregate, metal and glass), out of the YCRRC’s municipal waste combustion ash and will further reduce the overall remaining volume of ash that must be managed in a landfill. The Ash Recycling and Processing Facility construction began in 2016 and equipment testing began in May 2019. Once testing concludes, facility start-up will commence. The new Ash Recycling and Processing Facility is located at 2650 Blackbridge Road on a 5-acre paved site.
YRS is the first plant to license and operate the patented wet separation system developed by Pure Recovery Group L.P. This system provides a unique, multifaceted approach to reclaiming resources from combustor ash.