When considering options for the 57-acre piece of land next to our Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Conoy Township, LCSWMA's management team desired an opportunity that would both capitalize on a green energy initiative and bolster economic development in the community. The occasion arose to partner with Perdue AgriBusiness and bring a soybean-crushing plant to Lancaster County. Perdue sought a partnership with LCSWMA to utilize renewable waste-to-energy steam as an environmentally conscious alternative to fossil fuels.
A Green Approach
LCSWMA will sell the adjacent property to Perdue where they will construct a 1,500 ton per day soybean crushing facility, including a soybean grain elevator and processing plant. With a capacity of 1.5 million bushels, the grain elevator will receive, process, dry, store and ship soybeans that are grown and harvested throughout the region. The processing plant will process 17.5 million bushels of soybeans per year and produce soybean meal, soybean hulls and soybean oil.
This project offers an environmentally friendly footprint as Perdue's new plant will utilize steam and water from our WTE Facility in the processing of soybeans. The used process water and steam condensate will be returned to our WTE Facility, where it will be treated and recycled back into our WTE system.
Local Economic Benefits
This project will greatly benefit the agricultural community in Lancaster County and bring a trusted, well-known brand to our community. Not only will Perdue buy from farmers throughout the region, this project will also generate more than 150 construction jobs, 35 long-term jobs upon completion and an additional 500 jobs in crop production and transportation.