In December, the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) in Montgomery County celebrated a milestone: it processed its 10 millionth ton of post-recycled municipal solid waste to recover clean, renewable energy.
By processing 10 million tons of waste at the RRF, the County has:
• Produced 5.7 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy in the form of electricity, enough energy to power all the single-family homes in the County for two years;
• Offset about 10 million tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent to taking about two million cars off the road; and
• Recycled 260 thousand tons of metal, enough steel to replace more than 1,100 miles of railroad tracks running from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans.
“The people living and working in Montgomery County have reaped tremendous benefits, both economically and environmentally, from the energy production at the RRF and from keeping trash out of landfills,” said Bob Hoyt, director of the Department of Environmental Protection that includes the Division of Solid Waste Services. “The RRF is an essential component of the County’s cutting-edge solid waste strategy, which also includes the ambitious goal of recycling 70 percent of our waste.”