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Ground Broken on West Virginia Trash-to-Fuel Facility


Ground has been broken on a trash-to-fuel facility in West Virginia.

Media outlets report a ceremony was held Wednesday for Entsorga West Virginia’s 48,000-square-foot facility in Martinsburg.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority chairman Clint Hogbin says the $25 million facility will be a “game-changer” for solid-waste recovery in the Eastern Panhandle.

In August the state Economic Development Authority board in Charleston authorized a bond to finance the project.

The plant will use a mechanical biological treatment system to organize incoming waste without the need for employees to sort it by hand. Entsorga says the facility will divert municipal solid waste from landfills and use it to produce alternative fuels.

The plant is expected to accept up to about 10,000 tons of solid waste per month.