York’s Waste-to-Energy Facility
The York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC) uses combustion technology to convert municipal solid waste into ash and produce electricity. All York County combustible household waste is managed here, as well as some types of residual (manufacturing) waste.
The YCRRC operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is designed to process 1,344 tons of waste per day. It is designated as a tier II source of alternative energy because alternative fuel (garbage), not a form of fossil fuel, is used in the production of electricity.
Owned by the York County Solid Waste Authority, the YCRRC is also home to our:
Energy-from-Waste Facility Virtual Tour
How Does the Waste-to-Energy Process Work?
- Using garbage (instead of fossil fuel) to generate electricity saves 375,000 barrels of fuel oil every year.
- By converting it to ash, York County reduces its garbage volume by 90%, saving the equivalent of approximately 13 acres (35 feet deep) of landfill space per year.
- The center uses approximately five megawatts of the electricity it produces to operate itself and YCSWA’s Management Center. The rest is sold into the PJM (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland) grid, enough to power approximately 20,000 homes.
- The center has a continuous emissions monitoring system that is linked 24 hours a day to the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg. Click here for the daily continuous emissions report (scroll down to the Superior Environmental Performance paragraph).
- The facility is honored to be part of the Star Program through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is one of only 4,000+ (out of a possible 5.2 million) sites in the United States to achieve Star status, meaning the facility meets and exceeds industry safety standards.