Date: March 19, 2012
Source: Synagro Technologies, Inc.
Synagro Technologies, Inc. (Houston, TX) recently signed an agreement with Charlotte County, Florida to build and operate a regional biosolids and green waste Bio-Recycling Center at the county's landfill near Punta Gorda. Synagro said that new more stringent regulations pertaining to the land application of biosolids as well as limited options in southwest Florida, much of which lies within sensitive watersheds, is driving the need for its technology. Work is to begin by the end of this year on a facility that will recycle about 50,000 tons of biosolids per year.
March 14, 2012
Synagro to Provide Sustainable Biosolids Recycling Solution for Southwest Florida Municipalities
New Compost Facility to Help Communities Protect Local Rivers, Enhance Soil, Reduce Costs
Synagro Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a Lease Agreement with the Charlotte County Public Works - Solid Waste Division to develop a regional biosolids and green waste Bio-Recycling Center at the County's Zemel Road landfill near Punta Gorda, Florida. Under a twenty-year agreement, Synagro will design, finance, build and operate a covered windrow composting facility that will recycle approximately 50,000 tons of biosolids per year.
"We are proud to work with Charlotte County to provide a sustainable recycling solution for the region," said Pamela Racey, Vice President of Sales and Development, Synagro. "By transforming natural waste materials into valuable Class AA compost, we're enabling regional biosolids generators to meet civic goals while fulfilling a critical environmental requirement of local communities."
Biosolids management options for southwest Florida are limited as much of the area lies within the sensitive watersheds of the Okeechobee and Caloosahatchee rivers. Beginning in 2013, land application of Class B biosolids will be subject to more stringent nutrient management planning requirements. As a result, many sites that have historically been fertilized with recycled biosolids may no longer be available. This leaves distant land application sites and/or landfills located in excess of 150 miles from many of the region's wastewater treatment plants as the only options for some municipalities, increasing costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transporting biosolids.
Synagro's Bio-Recycling Center will substantially reduce the transportation of biosolids when compared to those landfills and land application sites, lowering fossil fuel consumption and impact on the environment. Additionally, the new facility will enable communities in southwest Florida to meet state-wide recycling goals as the composting plant will receive and recycle green waste as well as biosolids. The Class AA compost produced by the facility can be used by public works agencies in the region for maintaining playing fields, golf courses, community plantings and repairing construction sites, potentially reducing budgetary impacts associated with grounds maintenance. Other economic benefits include the creation of new local jobs and a decrease in Charlotte County's operating costs.
"The development of the new recycling facility will enable our region to manage locally generated biosolids in a more environmentally and fiscally responsible way," said Roger Lescrynski, Project Manager-Solid Waste, Charlotte County. "We chose Synagro for this project because of its professional staff and extensive experience in building and operating these kinds of facilities across the country. We look forward to partnering with them on this critical initiative."
Construction of the new Bio-Recycling Center is expected to commence in mid-2012 with full commercial operation beginning by end of year, pending approvals from the Department of Environmental Protection.
Founded in 1986, Synagro, www.synagro.com, provides a system of solutions for civic and commercial organizations that manages by-products to create new, environmentally compelling options. The Company's reliable, lasting system transforms industrial and municipal waste into environmentally-sustainable resources that benefit our communities and our planet- before an environmental footprint is left behind. As the largest recycler of organic by-products in the United States, Synagro uses best-in-class processes from beneficial reuse to renewable energy that adhere to the strictest of environmental regulations to provide sustainable solutions for communities across the nation. Serving more than 600 municipal and industrial water and wastewater facilities throughout the U.S., the Company's leading systems of by-product management services help municipalities of all sizes save money and meet environmental regulations.