Recycling and sustainability transforms Philadelphia’s biosolids management program
Mayor Michael Nutter, Synagro Technologies President and CEO, Eric Zimmer and other local officials hosted a public opening and tour of the Philadelphia Renewable Bio-Fuels Facility.
The Philadelphia Renewable Bio-Fuels Facility is the result of a lengthy and challenging process that began when the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) recognized the need to upgrade its biosolids management program. Synagro Technologies was selected for the project and developed a comprehensive approach to maximize sustainability while streamlining costs. Its best-in-class heat drying and pelletization system produces quality biosolids pellets for sale in organic fertilizer and renewable fuel markets. These sustainable outlets will ensure consistent recycling of PWD biosolids for many years to come.
The city of Philadelphia will reap many benefits from the project, including more than $200 million in savings over the 20-year contract, production of a Class A biosolids product, elimination of off-site odors, improvement of site aesthetics, minimized noise and traffic impacts and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while bringing the facility into compliance with air emission regulations.
In addition, significant community input was solicited and considered as the residents in the area were directly impacted by this project. The Southwest Community Development Corp. sent a letter of support for this project to City Council. Synagro routinely coordinates the hiring of new employees through the Southwest community.