Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Presidents Day at the Resource Recovery Facility

Our residents' tour of the Resource Recovery Facility "sold out" almost as soon as it was announced.  On yesterday's Presidents Day holiday, participants gathered for their eagerly-awaited discussion of... trash!

After an overview of the Facility's operations, we put on hard hats and safety glasses, and inserted ear plugs.

Tour participants select hard hats and safety glasses.

The observation window provides a front-row view of trucks delivering incoming material to the trash pit, and the grapple, which holds 5 tons of trash at a time!

In the Control Room, operators use an array of gauges and screens to help monitor the Facility's operations, including how much electricity is being generated as our waste is burned at very high temperatures. A small amount of that electricity is used by the RRF itself.  The rest is put out onto the regional power grid, and is enough to power up to 40,000 homes and businesses!

The enormous scale of the feed chutes becomes very real when you walk beneath them!

If you missed this event, tour the RRF online or schedule an in-person visit.  We look forward to seeing you!

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