"New York City's Waste Conversion Technology Pilot - Is the Technology Ripe Enough for the Big Apple?"

WASTECON, Long Beach Convention Center
September 19, 2013
By Susan Raila, PE (HDR) and Sarah Dolinar (NYC Department of Sanitation)

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) manages approximately 12,000 tons per day of the city's residential and institutional waste. Under the city's approved Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for the period of 2006-2025, DSNY has or will enter into long-term contracts for exporting waste out of city disposal facilities, including landfills and traditional waste-to-energy facilities. In looking to the future, the SWMP and PlaNYC, the city's sustainability plan, require that the city consider piloting new and emerging solid waste management technology to improve sustainability by reducing greenhouse gases from landfilling and transportation-related emissions, increasing the recovery and reuse of materials from waste and reducing reliance on out-of-City disposal capacity over time.

Having completed a three-phase study on the feasibility of using new and emerging waste conversion technology in or near the city to process a portion of DSNY-managed Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in March 2012, DSNY issued a request for proposals. Among other things, the RFP required proposals for a waste conversion pilot facility on a site in or within 80 miles of the city. The city received proposals in August 2012 and expected to select one or more proposals for discussions in early 2013.

This presentation will cover the development of the RFP, the city's perspective on the process, technical and other issues that emerged and an update on where the project stands at the time of the presentation.