On Wednesday, Entsorga West Virginia held a ceremony to announce the groundbreaking of the nation's first waste-to-solid fuel facility utilizing Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT). The facility, which will be built in Martinsburg, WV, is expected to be open in early 2017.
Through the MBT process, bio-mass, plastics, and other carbon-based materials will be extracted from solid waste and converted to a safe alternative fuel source. This EPA recognized "engineered fuel" will not be subject to the EPA incinerator rule, which allows the fuel to meet standards that other fuels cannot meet.
The facility — which will be capable of producing about 50,000 tons of solid recovered fuel (SRF) annually — is a joint venture between Apple Valley Waste Technologies, Entsorga USA, and Chemtex International.