St. Joseph County to look for ways to reduce landfill waste


Could this be the beginning of the end for the landfill?

Private parties looking for a place to build a so called “waste to energy” plant Tuesday talked to government officials in St. Joseph County. The plant would use advanced technology to take all kinds of waste, from trash to sewage, and convert that to energy.

“Waste Management is one of the larger waste haulers and has made a commitment about becoming zero landfill potentially in the next eight years,” says Rick Berger of BSA Life Structures. “So landfills are getting less and less desirable.”

There is a catch, local government would have to spent some $180,000 on a feasibility study to see if there's enough of a waste stream here to make a plant feasible.

Officials were told the plant itself, could represent an investment of over $100 million.


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