For Philly recycling glut, a fuel cure?

August 6, 2018

Shredded and biologically treated plastic and food waste are a cleaner substitute for coal, says Gold Medal Group, which plans to replace its West Philly processing plant with an updated model in South Philly, and use it to convert the city’s unsaleable recyclables into fuel

By Staff

At a time when Philadelphia is having to pay to get rid of household trash it used to sell to recyclers, a South Jersey company says it wants to build a plant here that would recycle plastics, waste food and mixed trash into a gray solid fuel, for use by cement kilns and other industrial burners.

Gold Medal Group, a Deptford company that handles trash for towns across South Jersey, has approached Philadelphia officials about moving its material-recovery facility from its current site on 49th St. west of the Schuylkill River, to a 4.5 acre site on Pattison Ave. east of the Schuylkill, says Mike Schmidt, a Gold Medal executive vice president, who recently moved from Texas to take charge of Philadelphia operations.

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