Located in York County, PA, Penn Waste’s innovative single-stream recycling center is the foundation of the company’s commitment to waste less and preserve more. In 2018, more than 180,000 tons of recyclable materials, including cardboard, cartons, plastic, glass, metal cans and newspaper, passed through Penn Waste’s 96,000 square-foot recycling center on their way to being recycled, repurposed and reused. The facility was originally built in 2015 and has undergone several upgrades over the last 4 years. Most recently, Penn Waste added “MAX,” a robot which uses artificial intelligence to improve the recycling process.
Attendees toured the new CNG Fueling Station located at Seneca Landfill in Evans City, PA. Owned and operated by the Vogel Family who has been in business for over 60 years. They are the first company in Pennsylvania to capture the landfill gas that they generate, refine it into natural gas, and then compress it into CNG fuel used by the same vehicles that collect the waste deposited at Seneca Landfill.
Attendees learned about additional steps Vogel is taking to expand the use of its biofuel by turning it into a mobile pipeline. This project promotes the utilization of alternative renewable fuels (landfill derived biogas) instead of conventional diesel fuel to power a fleet of garbage vehicles and reduce the reliance on foreign and domestic oil. Compared to diesel, renewable natural gas has 27% lower carbon dioxide emissions, 80% lower greenhouse gas emissions, and 95% lower NOx emissions.
Also on this tour, attendees learned about Seneca's High BTU Landfill Gas processing plant that currently converts 2,200 scfm of landfill gas into 1,200 MCF of Natural Gas. This gas is distributed to the new CNG Fueling Station with the remaining natural gas being injected into the Peoples Gas pipeline, approximately 2 miles away.
Seneca Landfill, Inc.
421 Hartmann Road
Evans City, PA 16033
March 21, 2019 - Foamed Glass Aggregates Mini-Tech & Facility Tour
Topics included the development, manufacturing, applications, physical properties and case studies for foamed glass aggregates.
AeroAggregates is in Eddystone, PA, on the former site of the Baldwin Locomotive Company. The Baldwin Company produced over 70,000 steam locomotives throughout their history which are in use around the world. Today, the facility is a vertically integrated producer of ultra-lightweight aggregates produced from 100% curbside collected glass cullet.
Foamed glass aggregates were originally produced in Scandinavia during the early 1990’s for use as a thermal barrier in road construction. Due to their very low bulk unit weight (8-15pcf), their applications have grown throughout the civil engineering market. Today foamed glass aggregates are used as lightweight fill on highways, bridge abutments, retaining walls, and green roofs. Other applications include backfill of foundations for drainage, insulation (prevention of frost heave) and reduction of lateral loads.
Foamed glass aggregates are produced from 100% post-consumer recycled glass. The material is inert and not effected by harsh chemicals or hydrocarbons.
AeroAggregates is currently supplying several large DOT projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
November 1, 2018 - Lancaster County SWMA Waste-to-Energy Tour
Attendees toured the 1,200 ton-per-day (TPD) Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Conoy Township. Owned by the Lancaster Solid Waste Management Association (LCSWMA) and operated by Covanta, this 36MW facility processes around 400,000 tons of waste annually.
Also on this tour, they learned about LCSWMA’s collaboration with Perdue Agribusiness. LCSWMA provides 15–20% of the steam from the Lancaster WTE Facility to Perdue’s adjacent soybean processing facility.
This unique partnership assists Perdue with reducing its environmental footprint and lowering emissions, thus making it the most highly efficient, technologically advanced, and environmentally sound soybean processing plants in the country.