New York City seeks proposals for WTE plant
March 7 — The Big Apple wants an alternative way to deal with its 10,000 tons of trash per day.

New York City is asking for proposals from private companies to build a pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) facility to handle a maximum of 450 tons of garbage per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a March 6 news release. If the initial pilot is successful, capacity at the facility could be doubled.

“We are using the most comprehensive sustainability program in the nation to green our city, but we have to go further,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “New Yorkers generate more than 10,000 tons of solid waste every day and too much of it ends up in landfills. Using less and recycling more are the most effective ways to address the problem, but this project will help us determine if some of that waste can be converted to safe, clean energy to meet the city’s growing power needs.”

The city said it is seeking only the cleanest and latest WTE technologies, which specifically excludes incineration or “mass burn” proposals.

The WTE facility will not receive any capital funding, but the city said it will pay a per-ton fee to the facility’s operator. The facility must be located in New York City or within 80 miles of it.

The project is part of PlaNYC, the city’s sustainability agenda.

Proposals to build and operate the facility are due by June 5.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Shawn Wright at swright@crain.com or 313-446-0346.


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