LCSWMA - Waste to Energy - Virtual Tour

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Welcome to LCSWMA’s Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility virtual tour! To get started, click on the thumbnails below. For the best experience, we recommend clicking through the thumbnails in order from left to right. As you explore, you’ll notice a variety of buttons called “hotspots”. Click on the hotspot to access more information.

Welcome

Welcome

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Welcome to the Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility where LCSWMA transforms waste into a resource that benefits our community.

Opened in 1991 and located in Conoy Township, the Lancaster WTE Facility is part of our larger Integrated System for managing waste, which helps to protect our environment and create clean, renewable energy.

The Lancaster WTE Facility offers 4 key benefits:
  1. Volume Reduction
  2. Energy Generation
  3. Recover and Recycle Metals
  4. Offset Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Virtual Tour
Scalehouse

Scalehouse

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The Scalehouse acts as the gateway to our facility.

Before entering the site, all vehicles must pass through radiation monitoring equipment to ensure no loads are carrying hazardous waste.

All vehicle traffic must pass over our scales when entering our facility and once again before leaving. The difference in vehicle weight determines the tipping fee or disposal fee. At LCSWMA, we generate revenue through our tipping fees, so no tax money is used to support our system.

On average, the Lancaster WTE Facility receives around 120 deliveries per day. Approximately 70% of the deliveries made to the Lancaster WTE Facility are LCSWMA’s own transfer trucks. Our transfer trucks bring in waste from the Transfer Station to be combusted at this facility.


Meet a LCSWMA Weighmaster

Meet a LCSWMA Weighmaster

A LCSWMA Weighmaster is responsible for ensuring that all trucks are weighed-in at the facility in a safe manner, preventing unauthorized types of waste from being delivered to the site and directing customers to the appropriate drop-off area.

In order to become a Weighmaster in Pennsylvania, one must obtain a Weighmaster License from the Department of Agriculture.

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Video: Allison Explains This Location
Tipping Floor

Tipping Floor

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Meet a LCSWMA Truck Driver

Meet a LCSWMA Truck Driver

LCSWMA truck drivers transfer waste between LCSWMA facilities and assigned destinations in a safe, efficient, and courteous manner.

A Class A CDL is required for this position.


Every day, hundreds of vehicles deliver waste to the Lancaster WTE Facility to be combusted, most of which comes from our Transfer Station in Lancaster.

Tractor trailers, garbage trucks, forklifts, and heavy equipment work together to keep the flow of trash moving.

LCSWMA staff direct traffic while visually inspecting waste loads for potentially harmful materials.

Video: Allison Explains This Location
Video: Learn How Waste is Transferred to the Site
Video: Working at LCSWMA
Waste Storage Pit

Waste Storage Pit

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The waste storage pit at the Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility can hold up to 9,000 tons of material! Trash is our fuel and keeps the plant running 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

A grapple mixes the trash in the pit and then feeds the material into one of three independent boilers.

Boiler Hallway

Boiler Hallway

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Video: Watch How the Waste is Combusted
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Waste-to-Energy Process

The Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility is equipped with three independent boilers that each process 400 tons of waste per day.

The boilers burn waste between 1,800° and 2,200° Fahrenheit. It takes 2 to 3 hours for complete burn-out to occur. On average, the facility processes close to 400,000 tons annually.

Turbine Generator

Turbine Generator

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the Power Generation Process
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During the waste-to-energy process, garbage is transformed into electricity.

Water tubes surrounding each boiler generate steam during the combustion process. The steam is then piped to a turbine that is connected to a generator with a 36-megawatt capacity.

LCSWMA creates enough energy from burning garbage to power the equivalent of 30,000 Lancaster County homes each year.

Control Room

Control Room

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LCSWMA contracts with Covanta to operate the plant. A leader in waste-to-energy (WTE), Covanta owns and/or operates 37 WTE facilities in North America, including 6 in Pennsylvania.

Here in the Control Room, a specially-trained Covanta operator monitors the facility around-the-clock to ensure all mechanical and pollution-control systems are working correctly.

Ash Building

Ash Building

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Video: Watch How Metals are
Removed from the Ash
Video: Find Out What Happens to
the Remaining Ash

Through the waste-to-energy (WTE) process, the volume of waste is reduced by 90 percent! That means, for every 10 truckloads of waste that come into the facility, only 1 truckload of ash leaves.

This saves significant landfill capacity.

We also mine the ash for metals that are later recycled, while the remaining ash is used as daily cover at our landfill.


Meet a LCSWMA Ash Truck Driver

Meet a LCSWMA Ash Truck Driver

LCSWMA truck drivers transfer waste between LCSWMA facilities and assigned destinations in a safe, efficient, and courteous manner.

A Class A CDL is required for this position.

Back-End of Plant

Back-End of Plant

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Control Pollution
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Video: What is a Zero-Discharge Facility?

The back-end of the Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility houses three important systems:
  1. Pollution control processes
  2. The cooling tower that condenses steam and turns it back into water, and
  3. The switchyard, where the plant connects to the energy grid.


LCSWMA’s Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility follows an extensive emissions control process and operates far BELOW air emission standards set by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Particulate matter is controlled through the baghouse.
  • Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) is controlled by ammonia injection.
  • Mercury and dioxin are controlled by activated carbon.
  • Sulfur Dioxide and Hydrochloric Acid are controlled through lime slurry.

Perdue Integration

Perdue Integration

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Soybean Processing Facility

In 2017, LCSWMA integrated our Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility with Perdue AgriBusiness's Soybean Processing Facility.

This facility processes approximately 17.5 million soybeans per year and produces soybean meal, soybean hulls, and soybean oil.

A utility bridge connects the facilities and allows LCSWMA to send steam and process water to Perdue.


The Utility Bridge

The Utility Bridge

LCSWMA sends steam and process water to Perdue’s facility via the utility bridge.

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End of Tour

End of Tour

You’ve completed the tour! Before you go, be sure to click on all 4 hotspots. Click the arrow in the bottom left corner of the screen to go back to the previous location. Thank you for joining us!

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