A $100 million update to the York County Resource Recovery Center has built a path for the next 30-plus years, according to the York County Solid Waste and Refuse Authority. The project includes safer transfer areas for public and commercial trash haulers, a larger collection pit to handle waste growth and a new Ash Recycling and Processing Facility, a news release states.
Construction, which began in 2015 and finished recently, expands waste pit storage capacity and adds North Tipping Hall, an area that separates large trucks from smaller vehicles unloading waste.
A new Small Load Drop-off Facility was built for residential waste on land behind the existing plant, located on Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township, with new areas dedicated for yard waste and electronics recycling. Stormwater capture and reuse systems were built along with a new education center.
The facility has processed 12 million tons of garbage and produced six billion kilowatts of power from burning trash since it opened in October 1989, according to Susan Byrnes, a York County commissioner. The facility produces enough electricity from garbage to power about 20,000 homes, outreach coordinator Jen Cristofoletti said at the dedication.