Great River Energy plant hits a milestone: No landfilling
Great River Energy achieved a milestone in October 2011 for the first time in the history of the garbage-to-electricity project in Elk River: It didn’t send any garbage to a landfill.
While plant officials can’t promise they’ll never have to landfill again, for the past six months nothing has been landfilled.
“Since September we’ve been working really hard to hold it at zero landfilled. We’ve been really happy with that,” said Steve Vrchota. He is the leader of plant operations at Great River Energy’s Resource Processing Plant in Elk River. See more in Associate Editor Joni Astrup’s exclusive Star News report.
PHOTO: Garbage is processed at a plant in Elk River, where it is turned into refuse-derived fuel that will be burned to produce electricity. (Photo by Joni Astrup, Star News)