Liberty County Commission looks to use waste to energy technology

Liberty County Commission is looking to add waste to energy technology to the county landfill. (WJHG/WECP)
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Liberty County Commissioners held a special meeting to consider working with Liberty Environmental to add waste to energy technology to their Landfill Facility.

County Commissioners voted to wait till their next meeting to come to a decision on the project.

Liberty Environmental Officials say the waste to energy technology makes wood chips, which can be used to make various resources like biodiesel fuel and synthetic wood.

Officials say the plant could produce around 250 tons of wood chips a day.

During the special meeting,Officials stated they would need around 700 tons of waste a day to run the facility and plan to reach out to other nearby counties to use their waste to reach the total, but some believe that would bring more pollution to the area.

“What we don’t want to see us, Liberty County, turning into a regional landfill,” Liberty County Commission Vice Chairman, Jim Johnson said. “We do not want see the machine only work six months and then they say ‘ok the machine is a pile of junk’ and we’re just gonna put the garbage in the ground. I’m not for that, I’m not into Liberty County turning into a dump, taking everybody’s garbage.”

Officials with Liberty Environmental say they have to follow state laws and safeguards enforced by their company to make sure their technology is eco-friendly.

Officials also say the new facility would bring 80 new jobs to the area.
The facility would bring around $1.4 million to the county and possibly more.

“Once this facility is online, you’ll have this facility, you’ll have other facilities that will be built around it,” Liberty Environmental Attorney, Joe Ullo said.“The overall projected investment is over $10 million and that’s just the beginning. The ad valorem tax could be quite significant.”

Liberty Environmental officials say the county would also receive money for each ton of waste disposed or converted into renewable energy.

County commissioners plan to vote on the project during their next meeting in February.

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