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Toombs to Try New Trash Technology
Thursday, 19 February 2009

February 19--  Toombs County commissioners are hoping new technology manufactured in China can turn trash into cash.

Officials from Americas Waste to Energy and Toombs County officials hope to turn trash to cash at the Toombs County landfill. (L-R) are Keith Michon, Finance and Operations; Commission Chairman Buddy West; Commissioner Louie Powell; CEO Paul Hester; President Doug Scott; and Regional Manager Randy Dill.

The commission has okayed an agreement with a Cumming, Georgia company called Americas Waste to Energy to locate a unit called a "Biosphere" in the former recycling building at the county landfill.  The unit will generate heat up to 3,800 degrees fahrenheit to create electricity which will be sold to the Georgia Power Company.

The plant is the first commercial venture of its type in the United States and county commissioner Louie Powell sees it as a win-win.  "We're going to be able to save Toombs County taxpayers $19 million over the next 15 years which would have gone to the operation and development of the landfill.  We're going to save that money, create 30-plus jobs, and dig up and reclaim our landfill and put it back to how Mother Nature intended it," he says.

Company CEO Paul Hester says the county will have no liability if the project doesn't work out.  Meanwhile, the company agreed to pay the county an annual lease of $200,000 and at least $1 million dollars a year from the sale of electricity to Georgia Power. 

Hester hopes to have the unit in operation late May at the latest and is working with the Georgia Envinronmental Protection Division on a permit for initial testing.


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