Wheelabrator Gloucester

Wheelabrator Gloucester

The Wheelabrator Gloucester energy-from-waste facility provides environmentally safe and dependable disposal of up to 500 tons per day of everyday residential and business waste as fuel to generate as much as 14 MW of clean and renewable electricity for sale to the local utility. Wheelabrator Gloucester uses this local fuel to create a local-energy ecosystem to supply the equivalent of the electrical needs of 12,000 New Jersey homes as well as its own operations.

The Gloucester facility features an enhanced system for recovery of valuable metals that would ordinarily be sent to a landfill. The recovery of these marketable materials will help raise the county’s nearly 42 percent recycling rate—already well above the national average—another feature of a local-energy ecosystem that creates local energy from local waste.

As part of the company’s strong commitment and track record of supporting a clean environment, Wheelabrator Gloucester created and maintains a wildlife refuge and nature trail on 150 acres of wetlands surrounding the energy-from-waste facility, including a habitat restoration for the Bobwhite Quail population.

The wildlife sanctuary is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work site that offers an optimal outdoor experience for visitors while minimising the human impact on wildlife. Wheelabrator Gloucester partners with a number of environmental organizations to maintain the wildlife sanctuary, including the New Jersey Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory, New Jersey Quail Project (NJQP), Gloucester County Nature Club, South Jersey Quail Unlimited, and South Jersey Land & Water Trust.

In addition, Wheelabrator Gloucester partners with local middle school students, empowering them to undertake environmental projects that benefit the local community and foster environmental stewardship.

“We put in a rain garden in an area that was eroded; probably the best rain garden in Gloucester County … we wouldn’t be there if we didn’t get assistance … Wheelabrator offered assistance, not only financial, but expertise in how to do things.”
- Joyce Lovell, Chairman, Environmental Commission, Gloucester County

Waste Processing

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Community Waste

Commercial Waste

  • Business Waste

Special Waste

Commercial Waste

  • Business Waste

Fast Facts:

1989
Began Operations
500
Tons of Waste Processed Per Day
192,845
Tons of Waste Processed Last Year
14 MW
Energy Generation Capacity
12,000
Homes Powered
2,860
Tons of Metals Recovered Last Year
176,140
Annual Barrels of Oil for Power Saved
52,830
Annual Tons of Coal for Power Saved