Lee County Waste-to-Energy and Recovered Material Processing Facility Expansions
Lee County, Florida, is home to pristine beaches, popular tourist spots and one of the most advanced and integrated solid waste management systems in the United States. HDR serves as consulting engineer to help Lee County retain its position as home to one of the most progressive solid waste management systems in the U.S. today.
HDR has helped Lee County with two key projects in recent years, including a 636 ton-per-day waste-to-energy plant expansion and an expanded Recovered Material Processing Facility (RMPF) that allows single stream recycling and more than 300 tons per day of sorting capability. These elements were added to the Lee County solid waste system while keeping solid waste fees below rates in the early 1990s and a mass burn unit with the lowest nitrogen oxide limits of any U.S.-based unit.
The Lee County waste-to-energy plant burns waste at more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, generating up to 53 megawatts of electricity. The facility operates as a zero discharge facility, using recycled waste water from a municipal waste water treatment plant for an additional layer of sustainability. The RMPF provides greater convenience for the County's residential customers, lower collection costs, and higher participation rates. As a result, Lee County is ranked number 1 in Florida for recycling.
- 2011- Gold Integrated Solid Waste Management Excellence Award, Solid Waste Association of North America