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The Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility constitutes the largest component of the EcoComplex and in the fiscal year 2013-2014 accepted approximately 500 tons of solidwaste (MSW and C&D) per day. The active goals of pursuing a 40% waste reduction by 2017, has motivated Catawba County to pursue new outlets of waste streams and diversion. Some of these efforts are expanding to create various collection outlets including but not limited to tires, scrap metal, shingles, electronic waste and household hazardous wastes.

The Gas to Energy Facility has three GE-Jenbacher landfill gas (methane) burning engine generator sets that have the capacity to generate approximately 3 Megawatts of electricity per hour; this is enough electricity to power approximately 1,400 average sized homes.

Pallet One, Inc. is the largest pallet manufacturer in the United States and the second private industry to partner in the EcoComplex. There are about 383,000 pallets recycled annually at EcoComplex Facility.
Farming crops are planted in the approximate 150 acres of buffer land surrounding the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility (Landfill). Some of these crops are feedstock oilseed crops (rapeseed, sunflower, and soybeans) for vegetable oil production.
The Catawba County Biodiesel, Research, Development, and Production Facility has been privatized through a public-private partnership since October 2014 and it will become a two million gallons per year biofuel production facility starting January 2015. University research will continue as an F3 Program (bio-oil cycles from Farm to Food to Fuel) will be initiated
The Immigrant Ariculture Program consists of approximately 1-acre of landfill buffer land created to allow access to limited resource individuals for an opportunity to raise crops native to their culture and diet. The site is use for education on season extension and marketing techniques, as many of these individual are now marketing their own crops to the local community.
The Crop Processing Facility is a 4-ton-per-day mechanical crush plant is part of the F3 (Field to Fryer to Fuel) pilot project to create a new model for local biodiesel production that integrates food grade oil into the supply chain. The main goal of the project is to develop a business model whereby food grade oil is leased to restaurants and rendered for use as a biodiesel feedstock.

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