The company, based in New Bedford, Mass., said in a news release that it received a permit modification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the firm’s existing transfer station in Rochester. The existing operation, Rochester Environmental Park, also includes a municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition (C&D) processing unit.
The 94,000 sq.-ft., Zero Waste Solutions LLC solar-powered facility will accept residential and commercial waste, C&D debris, and single-stream, co-mingled and source-separated recyclables.
The new facility will use the company’s WERC-2 process to make the Eco-Tac fuel briquette, which provides a high BTU value with substantially reduced emissions and particulates. Eco-Tac will be marketed to biomass and coal plants outside Massachusetts.
New Bedford is a sister company of WERC-2 Inc., Pocasset, Mass., and ABC Disposal Service Inc., New Bedford.
Construction on the facility will begin this month, and the company expects it to open next summer.
“Combining the capabilities of our transfer stations and hauling operations WERC-2’s innovative technologies we will be able to develop an extremely efficient facility,” said Michael Camara. “The combination of innovative processing technologies will allow us to improve our ability to recover a larger percentage of materials that will be diverted from disposal and will be recycled and reused.”