What is the SRMC?
The Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC) serves as the drop-off location for waste haulers who collect refuse in Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg. In addition, haulers and residents may also deliver construction/demolition waste to the site, as well as recyclables to the Dauphin County Recycling Center.
Part of the SRMC includes the nation's first waste-to-energy (WTE) facility, which was previously known as the Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility. Built in 1972, the WTE facility can process up to 800 tons per day of solid waste and generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy (electricity).
The SRMC also includes two ash landfills: one that closed in 1980 and the other that stages ash from the combustion of waste at the WTE facility. Once the staged ash is dry, LCSWMA transports it to the Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga where it is used as alternative daily cover.
Tons of Waste Processed: 283,752
Total Inbound Deliveries: 44,287
Tons of Ash Processed: 78,600
Kilowatt Hours of Electricity Generated from WTE (Million): 115.4
Revenue Generated from Electric Sales (Million): $5.1
Tons of Ferrous Metal Recovered and Recycled: 8,265
Revenue Generated from Recycled Ferrous Metals: $398,606
Average Tons Delivered Daily: 1,053
Inbound Loads Received Per Day: 152
Average Tons Per Inbound Load: 6.9
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Who is LCSWMA?
LCSWMA is a quasi-governmental agency that manages the municipal solid waste and recyclable materials from residents and businesses in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. LCSWMA manages the municipal solid waste for Dauphin County residents and businesses as well.
In Lancaster County, LCSWMA employs a multi-step approach to trash disposal and processing, called an Integrated System, which consists of the following: (1) a county-wide recycling program; (2) a drive-through household hazardous waste facility; (3) a transfer station, permitted to accept up to 2,200 tons per day; (4) a 1,200 ton per day WTE facility, for the combustion of waste and production of electricity; and (5) the Frey Farm Landfill, permitted for the disposal of 2,000 tons of waste per day.
This Integrated System not only saves significant landfill capacity, it also creates clean, renewable energy (electricity). In fact, LCSWMA generates enough renewable energy to power 1 in 5 area homes.
LCSWMA acquired the SRMC in December 2013 to secure future waste processing capacity and initiate a regionalized approach to managing municipal solid waste for Lancaster County and Dauphin County. This type of expansion is more cost-effective less risky than expanding LCSWMA’s other WTE facility in Bainbridge (Lancaster County). In addition, this acquisition presents an opportunity for LCSWMA to bring our expertise and excellence in waste management to neighboring Dauphin County, and together, work towards a better community.
What is Covanta's role?
Covanta Energy is the company contracted to operate the WTE facility component of the SRMC. Covanta became the operator in 2007 and was critical in the final retrofit of the facility, providing their expertise in a successful upgrade where the facility is now an asset and functioning well. Covanta also operates LCSWMA's WTE facility in Bainbridge (Lancaster County) and has been a valuable partner for decades.
How does waste-to-energy (WTE) work?
The waste-to-energy (WTE) process offers a safe and innovative means for disposing of waste while also generating clean, renewable energy (electricity). By combusting trash, instead of disposing in a landfill, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and land is preserved. Additionally, the WTE process supports recycling through the recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Why do we call it waste-to-energy and not incineration?
Decades ago, waste was "incinerated" through a combustion process that had no emissions control, no means of renewable energy generation and no metal recycling component. Today's modern WTE process uses advanced pollution control technology to scrub emissions and prevent them from entering the environment. Additionally, the WTE process converts water into steam which drives a turbine to create electricity for local homes and businesses and recovers metals for recycling.