Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 9, 2013

1 Min Read
Maryland County, America First Start Waste-to-Energy Unit

Maryland’s Washington County and America First Inc. are launching a waste-to-energy operation.

The public-private partnership will build a facility to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into refuse-derived fuel (RDF), according to a news release. In the second phase the partnership will construct a full-scale gasification plant.

The first phase will begin six to eight months after ground breaking, and the second phase will come 12-18 months after ground breaking.

Washington County is providing the location and MSW. America First will secure the funding for completing the project. The county bears no financial risk.

When the facility starts up the county estimates it will generate profits of up to $200,000 through the supply of RDF. It should employ 40 to 70 people.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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