BTS Biogas, an Italian waste-to-energy (WTE) company with North American headquarters in Columbia, Md., has proposed a plan to construct a WTE facility at the Maryland Food Center in Jessup, Md. The Food Center is home to roughly 50 merchants, food processors and related businesses.
The plant is expected to process 100,000 tons of waste each year and provide between 15 and 20 new jobs. The project would be a continuation of a partnership between BTS and Howard County, which also included the company’s North American headquarters and an additional facility.
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BTS recycles organic waste and agricultural and food industry byproducts into electricity, thermal energy for heating and cooling, methane gas and organic fertilizers.
“It’s taking organic material that they were going to throw away… and putting it in a plant and making energy and fertilizer,” said Shawn Kreloff, executive director and CEO of the Americas for BTS.
BTS signed a lease for more than five acres on Oceano Avenue amid businesses that can supply organic waste for the plant as well as become potential customers of the renewable energy it will produce. The state Board of Public Works approved the lease earlier this month, and the company is now seeking permits from Howard County.