September 2009 White Paper:
“Meeting the Future: Evaluating the Potential of Waste Processing Technologies to Contribute to the Solid Waste Authority’s System”
As it embarked on a major capital expansion program that included the development of a new 3,000 tons-per-day mass burn energy recovery facility on a design-build-operate basis, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (Authority) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for contractors to provide the requested services. The Authority’s Board has asked for an independent party not involved in the procurement activity to review all technologies being promoted for waste to energy and advise which, if any, should be considered. To address these needs, the Authority requested assistance from GBB to provide information of a general nature, comments specific to the Authority’s direction to add another energy recovery facility, and to participate in discussions with the Authority’s Governing Board.
May 2011 White Paper:
“Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County – Response to the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club”
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County commissioned a white paper to address issues raised by the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club about the 3,000 tons-per-day waste-to-energy facility to be added to the Authority’s existing integrated solid waste management infrastructure and services. GBB reviewed the documents from the Sierra Club and Institute for Local Self Reliance and assessed the accuracy of the statements and claims made about diversion rates and solid waste programs in certain U.S. counties and cities. The comprehensive 82-page report prepared by GBB, which provides substantial information on waste-to-energy in general, and in Florida specifically, was published on May 3, 2011 on the Authority’s website.