Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announces that it has been tasked by Prince George’s County (County) to assist with a procurement activity for waste processing and alternative energy facility public private partnership infrastructure. This effort is part of the County’s ongoing efforts to plan for its future solid waste management system as its primary in-County disposal location, Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro, reaches its scheduled closing date in 2020.
The County’s Office of Central Services has issued a Request for Qualifications, which aims at evaluating alternative waste processing and recovery technologies and services that will be implemented as one or more public-private partnerships to ensure a long-term, comprehensive, environmentally acceptable, economic, and sustainable solid waste management system for the County by providing one or more facilities to convert non-recyclable Municipal Solid Waste/organics/biosolids/C&D waste to recover recyclable materials and to produce solid, liquid, or gaseous fuel, steam, and/or power. “This is an exciting time for Prince George’s County. We look forward to reviewing the best technologies to help us divert waste from the landfill and recover this valuable resource for renewable energy. The private public partnership will be beneficial to our County, our communities, and the environment,” said Adam Ortiz, Director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County. Prince George’s County, located immediately north, east, and south of Washington, DC, had a population of 871,233 in 2011. The County is home to the National Harbor project, a major tourist and convention attraction, with significant hotel accommodations, eateries, shopping, and ferry rides on the Potomac River, and was the host location for WASTECON in August 2012.
The County’s solid waste system provides an array of programs, services, and facilities that together make up a fully integrated system that has been generally self-sufficient to meet the needs of County residences, businesses, and institutions. Overall, in 2010, the County landfilled approximately 350,000 tons of MSW at its Brown Station landfill, which is forecasted to reach its permitted capacity in 2020. The reported recycling rate was approximately 43 percent in calendar year 2009, which exceeds the goal of 40 percent set by the Maryland Recycling Network. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with Prince George’s County to develop such a necessary plan for waste destined for disposal, and investigate viable long-term technology partnerships,” noted Harvey W. Gershman, GBB President. “Headquartered in the Mid-Atlantic region, we are very familiar with the solid waste management landscape in Maryland and feel that we are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insight to help Prince George’s County address its future needs.”
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