The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority is developing the Frederick/Carroll County Renewable Waste-to-Energy Facility. The facility will include state-of-the-art technology such as a high efficiency boiler for recovery of energy, combustion controls and air cleaning equipment. The facility will generate approximately 55 Megawatts of clean renewable energy (equal to the electricity use of 60,000 homes).
The new facility will provide 100 percent of both counties’ governmental electricity needs, making the two counties among the first in the nation to achieve energy independence. By replacing fossil fuels in the generation of electricity, waste-to-energy facilities actively reduce the buildup of greenhouse gases. The facility is expected to offset the release of approximately 500,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year, equal to taking 100,000 cars off the roads.
A ferrous and non-ferrous metal recovery system will recover about 10,000 tons of metals that remain in the waste after the counties' recycling programs. The facility will recycle effluent from the adjacent Frederick County wastewater treatment plant for process water. The Renewable Waste-to-Energy Facility will be a long-term, stable economic solution for the waste disposal and renewable energy needs of Frederick and Carroll Counties.