It is commonplace to say that WTE projects are one of the more difficult public works projects to be built by a local solid waste agency.
They are capital intensive, engender a significant amount of public opposition, and require a champion who is willing to implement the project over the long-term. The Hillsborough County WTE project included all of those implementation hurdles, but, as this article will note, it was also a project that had a series of public administration difficulties that almost scuttled the project many times. There is an increasing interest in expanding WTE facilities and developing Greenfield Projects at the current time due to the reduction of landfill capacities in certain locales and the impact of the recent Chinese recyclables ban on waste reduction goals.
This article is designed to provide lessons learned of the project implementation team for the Hillsborough Resource Recovery Facility for those considering planning their own WTE projects. Let's start from the beginning.
- Geosyntec Authors: Marc Rogoff
- All Authors: Marc Rogoff, Geosyntec Consultants; Geosyntec Consultants; Warren N. Smith, Hillsborough County
- Title: Waste Advantage Magazine
- Event or Publication: Publication
- Practice Areas: Waste Management Planning, Engineering, and Design
- Citation: Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) coauthored an article entitled "First of Two Parts: The Florida Waste-To-Energy (WTE) Project That Was Almost Never Built: Lessons learned from the project implementation team for the Hillsborough Resource Recovery Facility" that was published in Waste Advantage Magazine in the March 2020 edition.
- Date: March 2020 edition
- Publication Type: Journal Article