The two sides say the agreement will allow an integrated sustainable solution that reduces SWACO’s use of landfills and will eventually eliminate their use by replacing them with a landfill receiving facility (LRF) that works in partnership with a waste stream recovery and recycling facility.
SWACO will own and operate the LRF, while Team Gemini will own and operate the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (COR3).
When the project is completed, all municipal solid waste (MSW) will be delivered to the receiving facility. From there, the waste will be directed to either COR3 or to the landfill.
Initially, the MRF will be able to process up to 2,000 tons of material per day, with plans to process the entire waste stream in the future—thus achieving nearly 100 percent recycling of the MSW received from the LRF, Team Gemini says.
After all the recyclables have been recovered, the remaining organic waste will be preprocessed for use in anaerobic digesters and other sustainable energy generation technologies, all of which will be located nearby, according to the company.
In addition to the LRF and COR3 projects, Team Gemini has signed a lease with SWACO to develop a 343-acre tract of land to create an industrial and research park that will serve as a sustainable business cluster powered by the waste stream located within a community reinvestment area (CRA).
Team Gemini says it plans to become the anchor tenant in the industrial park, which will be named Gemini Synergy Center, and will build process facilities for recycled products and manufacturing to be powered by the MSW waste stream, including a biogas/biomass plant, a facility for converting compost into fertilizers and hybrid soils and the conversion of plastics into oil.
Ronald Mills, SWACO executive director, says the collaboration marks a milestone for sustainability. “This project shows how to take waste handling from a cost center to a revenue-generating center,” Mills says. “What we are doing here in Ohio will be seen as a game changer nationally.”
Doug Haughn of Team Gemini adds, “Though we are starting with 25 percent recycling, we have the goal to one day reach close to 100 percent recycling and eventually mining the landfill for resources while increasing the revenue of SWACO in the process.”