Here's What's Happening at SECCRA...

Monday
Sep072009

> Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Bring unwanted hazardous household automotive products, home maintenance, lawn and pest control products to the next local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection.

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Wednesday
Aug122009

> SECCRA wins $1 million-plus grant to expand production of electricity from landfill gas

The Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority has won a $1,093,427 grant to add another generator - the third - to its power plant at the SECCRA Community Landfill that generates electricity from landfill gas.

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Friday
Jun262009

> Statement Regarding the Improper Disposal of Recyclables by Certain Area Waste Haulers

It has come to our attention that a small number of area waste haulers are collecting recycle materials and then mixing them with trash for disposal. We speculate that the reason they may be doing this is that the recycling markets have declined significantly. Manufacturers are simply not buying recycled raw materials. In mid-2008, SECCRA could sell our recyclables for $45 per ton. Now we have to pay between $48 and $63 per ton to get our recycle outlets to take them.

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Friday
Jan232009

> Disposable Culture

Click here for a photo gallery from CNN which illustrates why not only the SECCRA Community Landfill is filling up rapidly, but why all landfills will be full someday.

Wednesday
Jan092008

> SECCRA Wins National 'Project of the Year' for Generating Electricity from Landfill Gas

JANUARY 9, 2008; WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) with a “Project of the Year” award for its successful effort to turn landfill gas into usable electric power.

SECCRA Chairman Richard Cairns was on hand to receive the award at the EPA’s 11th annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

“This is a singular honor for our authority and our 24 member municipalities,” Cairns said. “Our board and our staff take pride in a forward-thinking attitude and a steadfast commitment to serving our communities. This award signifies that SECCRA is a leader in responsible environmental stewardship and the development of green energy.”

The award is one of only three given nationally by the EPA this year.

It was a year ago, in January 2007, that SECCRA launched “SECCRA Power,” using gas from its landfill as a fuel to generate nearly 1 megawatt of electricity, sufficient to power about 500 homes, and selling it to the PJM power grid.

SECCRA initially invested $3.2 million in its gas-to-electricity facility, including a $500,000 start-up grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Agency (PEDA). The start-up included installation of a gas-collection system in the landfill, a generator that runs on landfill gas, a power line connection to the PJM grid, and an electronic monitoring system.

The project was so successful initially that SECCRA announced plans in October to add a second generator to produce an additional 8.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Another $750,000 is being invested, including a second PEDA grant of $250,000. The second generator is scheduled to be operational by the middle of this year.

“By collecting and using the methane gas generated by waste in the landfill we are reducing the load of greenhouse gas that goes into the atmosphere,” Cairns pointed out. “By turning the gas into useful electricity we are offsetting the use of fossil fuels and creating value that didn’t exist before.”

It’s estimated that the electricity generated from landfill gas at SECCRA will save the equivalent of 27,000 tons of coal per year.

In addition, Cairns said, revenue from the sale of electricity and from the sale of renewable energy credits will enable SECCRA to recoup its investment in about four years and after that will help hold down the cost of waste disposal for local residents.

“On all fronts this is a win-win project,” Cairns said.

The chairman noted that support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was a key element in the gas-to-energy project’s success.

SECCRA is a non-profit municipal authority with a publicly appointed board of directors that provides solid waste disposal and recycling for about 90,000 residents in 24 boroughs and townships in the southern third of Chester County. 
 

Wednesday
Oct172007

> With $250,000 grant in hand, ‘SECCRA Power’ Phase II expected to be on line in mid-2008

LONDON GROVE TOWNSHIP, PA— Richard Cairns, chairman of the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA), today said Phase II of “SECCRA Power” is expected to be up and running by the middle of next year.

Gov. Edward G. Rendell earlier this week announced the award of a $250,000 grant to SECCRA from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA).

Approval of the grant means SECCRA can now go ahead with plans to add a second generator engine to its landfill gas-to-electricity operation.

“This latest grant will help keep SECCRA at the forefront of the green energy movement in the waste industry in Pennsylvania,” said Cairns. “In that PEDA is encouraging us to expand our capacity, the grant award testifies to the value of the operation we’ve already put in place.”

Since January 2007, SECCRA has been using gas from its landfill as a fuel to generate nearly 1 megawatt of electricity on a continuous basis, enough to power about 500 homes, and selling it to the PJM power grid. Landfill gas, mostly methane, is a byproduct of decomposing waste.

“By expanding the capacity of SECCRA Power,” Cairns said, “we are further reducing the potential emission of methane, a greenhouse gas, and creating additional revenue that helps hold down the cost of waste disposal for our member communities.”

SECCRA initially invested $3.2 million in its gas-to-electricity facility, including a $500,000 start-up grant from PEDA. Phase I included installation of a gas-collection system in the landfill, a generator engine that runs on landfill gas, a power line connection to the PJM grid, and an electronic monitoring system.

Phase II, which entails only the acquisition and installation of a second generator engine, will cost a total of approximately $750,000, including the $250,000 PEDA grant. The amount not covered by the grant will be funded by SECCRA.

The second generator engine will allow SECCRA to produce an additional 8.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and further reduce potential greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 8,800 cars from the road. The additional electricity generated from landfill gas will save the equivalent of 27,000 tons of coal per year.

SECCRA is a non-profit municipal authority with a publicly appointed board of directors that provides solid waste disposal and recycling for about 90,000 residents in 24 boroughs and townships in the southern third of Chester County.  

 

Monday
Oct242005

> SECCRA Receives $500,000 Grant for Green Power

CHATHAM, JUNE 24, 2005.  The Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) will receive $500,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA).  Senators Dominic Pileggi and Bob Thompson, and Representatives Chris Ross and Art Hershey assisted with the application to PEDA and helped secure these funds. 

SECCRA will develop a Landfill Gas to Energy Project at the SECCRA Community Landfill. The project will consist of one 870kw engine/generator set using landfill gas as fuel to generate electricity.  The renewable energy generated from this project commonly known as green power will be able to power 500 homes.  Bill Stullken, General Manager of SECCRA said, “This replaces the equivalent of over 1,200 tons per year of coal or other fossil fuel which would otherwise be needed to produce this electricity.”

The grant funding will be used to reduce the capital cost of implementing the project.  The project otherwise has a self sustaining cash flow and will actually make money during in future years offsetting some SECCRA’s long term landfill care costs. 

Landfill gas contains methane, a fuel commercially sold as natural gas.  Landfill gas is generated from the decomposition of waste.  It is collected by a vacuum system at SECCRA.  All landfills must burn the methane gas in a controlled fashion  to destroy it for environmental protection. SECCRA will install its generator system to make electricity during this destruction process.  It is important to note that no waste will be burned – only the gas which will be vacuumed out of the landfill.

The project meets or exceeds all applicable emission standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).

Stullken said, “There are substantial environmental and local benefits that will be gained from the project, including: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of dependence on nonrenewable resources, and promotes local energy resources.” The capital cost of the project is $2,100,000. SECCRA will provide $1,600,000 of this amount.   The project in-service date is February 2006 after construction and interconnection to the local electric utility, PECO Energy.  This project will generate one full-time job at SECCRA and 100 temporary jobs during construction.

PEDA was established in 1982 to promote applied energy research, provide financial incentives for the deployment of clean alternative energy projects and promote investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. Gov. Ed Rendell revitalized PEDA as part of his strategy to build a clean, indigenous, diversified energy industry in the state.  On behalf of the citizens of southern Chester County, SECCRA appreciates the support provided by PEDA in its endeavors to protect the environment. 

Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) is a municipal authority formed in 1968 to provide a regional management approach to municipal solid waste and recycling problems in southern Chester County.  Ninety-five thousand people reside in SECCRA’s service area and will benefit from this project.

 

 
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