Our waste-to-energy plant, next door to the recycling facility on Blueberry Road, receives trash identified as un-recyclable and converts it at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit to energy in the form of electricity. The ecomaine Waste-To-Energy (WTE) plant processes about 175, 000 tons of trash a year and, from that process, generates enough steam to create about 100, 000 to 110, 000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. That’s enough electricity to power our waste-to-energy and recycling facilities, our company’s electric car (pictured left), plus about 15, 000 homes for a year! That’s enough electricity for all the homes in both South Portland and Gorham.
Converting the trash to energy also benefits the communities we serve by reducing its volume by 90 percent, leaving only ash to be stored at the landfill site. (There are also statewide economic benefits from WTE plants; click here to read the results of a Maine study.)
ecomaine‘s state-of-the-art WTE plant opened in 1989 and operates around the clock, every day of the year, with the exception of an annual two-week shut down for planned maintenance. The building was designed with negative pressure to trap any odors inside and to re-circulate that air for boiler combustion. Because the air is filtered, office space for ecomaine staff is also located in the same building.
The emissions monitoring and control devices in place at ecomaine are second to none. Some of the devices we use to make sure our air is clean include an electrostatic precipitator and expensive injections of carbon, urea, and lime slurry. The effectiveness of these methods is carefully measured by staff and by independent specialists. Our efforts have been so successful that in 2002 the ecomaine WTE plant earned ISO (International Standards for Operation) 14001 certification for excellence in environmental management. To retain this certification, ecomaine has passed and continues to pass additional detailed examinations every six months. ecomaine was the first municipally owned waste management site in the nation to pass the rigorous examination.
In 2012, ecomaine also earned the OHSAS 18001 certification for health and safety excellence in the workplace. This was accomplished – and is renewed – using an almost identical system of rigorous examinations as in the ISO 14001 certification.
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