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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Waste not, want not. That's the motto of Martin County's Solid Waste Division as they announce a partnership with Vero Beach's INEOS New Planet BioEnergy that will turn vegetative waste into energy in the form of bioethanol and renewable power.
"Martin County is committed to being as sustainable and environmental as possible through innovative programs and partnerships like this one," said Pat Yancey, Martin County solid waste administrator. "Using a product that would otherwise be at the end of its life-cycle to create clean energy in this form is remarkable. We're happy to divert this waste to INEOS BioEnergy Center and be part of this world-changing facility that's right here on the Treasure Coast."
As of April 1, the vegetative waste that is collected through the county's residential curbside program and delivered by commercial contractors to the Martin County Transfer Facility will be sent to the Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach. Martin County produces an annual average of 49,000 tons of vegetative waste which will then be converted to 1 million gallons of bioethanol and renewable power.
An exciting new partnership turns the vegetative waste into energy in the form of bioethanol and renewable power.
By providing its vegetative waste to the BioEnergy Center, Martin County is doing its part to "think globally and act locally." Converting this waste into clean, renewable energy helps America to achieve more sustainable energy independence.
The partnership with INEOS New Planet BioEnergy also provides added benefits by eliminating the need to grind vegetative waste at Martin County's Transfer Facility, which increases efficiency and reduces community impact.
It is estimated that when the Indian River BioEnergy Center begins to operate at full production, eight million gallons of advanced cellulosic bioethanol and six megawatts of renewable power will be produced using renewable biomass including yard, vegetative and agricultural wastes.
"We're pleased that Martin County has such a strong commitment to the environment and a willingness to embrace advanced technologies in order to find solutions for waste conversion and improving recycling rates on a regional level," said David King, site manager and president of INEOS New Planet BioEnergy.