Trash-to-fuel plan has warm, wary reception

AUGUSTA -- A proposal to turn trash into diesel fuel at Hatch Hill landfill got a warm, if wary, reception from city councilors Thursday.

City officials are in discussions with a new firm that proposes to build a $20 million plant at Hatch Hill to convert trash into diesel fuel using technology developed by a Texas-based waste-to-energy company.

Councilors expressed interest in the proposal, but said they will need assurances the technology, and newly-formed company touting it, are both legitimate and wont leave the city with a physical, or financial, mess to clean up if it fails.

"As long as you can deliver trash, we can make fuel," Crofton said.

Keith Edwards
Article Source: 
KJ Online