New trash-fueled power plant already has burned 198,000 tons of garbage

20150224_met_swa_139More than 198,000 tons and counting.

That’s how much trash has been burned already in the Solid Waste Authority’s new waste-to-energy plant, which celebrated its grand opening Saturday at a ceremony attended by more than 600 people.

The $672 million incinerator is now processing 3,100 tons of trash per day. Although Saturday was the official launch date, the plant has been fully operational since June 10.

And it has been burning trash since Feb. 24 when the first of three boilers was fired up for the first time.


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