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Wheelabrator Concord celebrates 25 years of excellence

Waste-to-Energy Facility Generates Renewable Power, Economic & Environmental Benefits

CONCORD, N.H. — May 2, 2014 — Renewable energy provider Wheelabrator Concord, L.P. marked 25 years of operational and environmental excellence today at an anniversary celebration at which employees, customers, community partners, and state and local officials saluted the waste-to-energy facility’s role in generating safe, reliable power for Granite State residents and municipalities.

Wheelabrator Concord serves more than two dozen communities in central and southern New Hampshire through the Concord Regional Solid Waste Resource Recovery Cooperative (COOP).

“The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services congratulates Wheelabrator Concord for its continuous commitment to the community and serving as an economic and environmental asset to the region for the last quarter century,” said Commissioner Thomas Burack.

Every day, the plant converts more than 500 tons of post-recycled household and commercial waste into energy, generating more than 14 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 14,000 New Hampshire homes as well as its own operations. Each year, Wheelabrator Concord recycles 4,000 tons of metal.

“The COOP and its 24 member communities wish to congratulate Wheelabrator Concord on 25 years of continuous service to the COOP and the State of New Hampshire,” said Jim Presher, COOP director. “Our partnership has resulted in safe, efficient and reliable disposal of nearly 3 million tons of COOP waste. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship.”

Since opening in 1989, the Wheelabrator Concord facility has:

  • Processed more than 4 million tons of household and commercial waste — enough to fill a line of tractor trailer trucks spanning from Concord to Los Angeles.
  • Generated 2.5 million megawatts of electricity.

The facility directly employs 35 New Hampshire residents and contributes an estimated $5 million annually in economic activity to the region through direct and indirect jobs, purchases of goods and services, and city and state tax payments.

“For 25 years, we have been proud to help Granite State communities convert their post-recycled waste into a clean, renewable energy source and recover valuable materials from the waste stream, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and preserving natural resources for the future,” said Mark Weidman, president of Wheelabrator Technologies. “I would like to thank our customers and our employees, many of whom have worked with us for the last 25 years, for their service, dedication, and commitment to safety and operational excellence, which has made the Wheelabrator Concord plant an environmental and economic asset to the region.”

The six Wheelabrator employees recognized at today’s celebration for 25 years of service include:

  • Adam Levine of Concord
  • Dave Parker of Contoocook
  • Dan Parkinson of Concord
  • Rob Waldo of Boscawen
  • Bruce Zinck of Bow

“This milestone is a testament to the dedication of Wheelabrator Concord employees in the safe, clean operation of the waste-to-energy facility,” said John LaRiviere, general manager of Wheelabrator Concord. “We are proud to continue our service to New Hampshire communities with a demonstrated commitment to environmental compliance and operational excellence for more than two decades. We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to our partner communities for all their support along the way.”

Wheelabrator Concord has served as an actively engaged community business for the past 25 years, strongly supporting initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for local residents and families. The plant continues to support a variety of community programs such as the Concord YMCA, the Penacook Community Center, the Concord Payson Center for Cancer Care, the Concord Education Fund, and provides an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior from the COOP communities.

“We extend a heartfelt thank you to Wheelabrator Concord for 25 years of commitment to making our community a better place to work and live,” said Deb Cuddahy, executive director of the Penacook Community Center. “It is with the highest regard that we value our relationship with Wheelabrator Concord and we applaud its commitment to providing meaningful solutions for a safer, healthier environment and its generous ongoing support to build and sustain a stronger and more vibrant community.”

In 2002, Wheelabrator Concord was the first Wheelabrator site to be certified as a Voluntary Protection Program Star Worksite by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The plant currently maintains this distinction earned by less than one-third of a percent (.03%) of the 7 million regulated workplaces in the nation and is granted to facilities with safety programs and performance that greatly exceed OSHA standards.

ABOUT WHEELABRATOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. is a leader in the safe and environmentally sound conversion of municipal solid waste and other renewable waste fuels into clean energy. Wheelabrator owns or operates 17 waste-to-energy facilities that provide safe waste disposal for towns and cities across the U.S. Wheelabrator also operates four independent power plants designed to generate electricity using an assortment of fuels, including waste wood, waste coal, and natural gas. In addition to producing electricity, some of these facilities also produce steam sold to nearby government and commercial establishments. Wheelabrator’s 21 facilities have a combined electric generating capacity of 853 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 900,000 homes. To learn more, visit www.wheelabratortechnologies.com or tweet us.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.