MSW pellet operation planned in Maryland

By Staff | September 23, 2013

Washington County, Md., recently announced it is forming a public-private partnership with American First In. to launch a waste-to-renewable-energy initiative, which will be implemented in two phases.

During phase one, a facility will be constructed to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into refuse-derived fuel pellets. The second phase will include the construction of a gasification plant to process a portion of those pellets into drop-in biofuels.

According to Julie Pippel, Washington County director for environmental management, construction on the pellet plant is expected to begin next year, once all permitting requirements have been met. Construction on the second phase would begin 18 months after phase one.

The facility developed under phase one will include recycling, sorting, shredding and pelletizing operations. All nonrecyclable components of MSW will be processed into fuel pellets. Washington County will provide MSW feedstock to the plant. The existing landfill will also eventually be mined to recover MSW.