No. All of the Solid Waste Authority facilities will be operating with or without this temporary use of supplemental waste. The Renewable Energy Facility 2 will just be taking waste tonnage, for a short period of time, from a different originating source to meet the facility’s permitted capacity.
The Solid Waste Authority already receives and processes approximately 1.7 million tons of waste per year. The additional waste represents a small amount (up to 200,000 tons initially and declining over time) when compared to what we already receive.
This use of supplemental waste opportunity is temporary. The material will be delivered directly to Renewable Energy Facility 2 and not the landfill. Ultimately, with Palm Beach County’s estimated population growth, the Solid Waste Authority will be receiving the same amount of material from Palm Beach County residents after 2022, but not at a cost savings to residents.