Wheelabrator ends appeal of Virginia authority waste contract decision

Wheelabrator Technologies, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has reportedly decided not to further appeal a decision by Virginia’s Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) to partner with a new waste services provider beginning in 2018.

Wheelabrator’s contract with eight municipalities and SPSE ends in January 2018. SPSA’s board voted in earlier this year to award a contract to RePower South, Spartanburg, South Carolina, rather than renew its contract with Wheelabrator. RePower plans to build a mixed waste processing facility in Chesapeake, Virginia, to recover recyclables and produce biomass pellets.

According to the Virginia Pilot, Wheelabrator says it believes “all SPSA communities should be concerned about the viability of the proposed alternative to energy-from-waste that SPSA has endorsed.”

Ohio renewable energy facility plans cancelled

Plans for a recycling sorting facility located at Franklin County, Ohio’s landfill have been cancelled. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), Grove City, Ohio, has canceled the contract with Team Gemini, Orlando, Florida, which was supposed to build the facility, after the company failed to pay rent on its leased land next to the landfill, according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch.

The company was late on its rent payments the previous two years as well, the report indicates.

SWACO was to have owned and operated the landfill recovery facility, while Team Gemini was to own and operate its Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (COR3).

All municipal solid waste (MSW) was to be delivered to the receiving facility. From there, the waste would have been directed to either COR3 or to the landfill.

Plans also called for waste conversion technologies such as anaerobic digestion and plastics to oil as part of an industrial research park.

SWACO had leased about 350 acres to the Florida-based company, which was supposed to build a $100 million facility where garbage trucks would dump trash for recyclables to be removed.

Team Gemini then would pay SWACO for the materials, sell them on the open market and dump the rest of the trash at the landfill. The project was to be completed in June.