Wheelabrator Millbury

Wheelabrator Millbury

The Wheelabrator Millbury energy-from-waste facility is capable of producing 45 MW of electricity — enough clean, renewable energy to power 47,000 homes in the Town of Millbury and surrounding Central Massachusetts communities as well as its own operations. The facility uses up to 1,500 tons of everyday waste from homes and businesses each day as a local fuel to create a local-energy ecosystem that generates reliable, renewable energy for the local utility. By using waste materials as a fuel to produce electricity, we offer an environmentally friendly waste disposal option and reduce dependence on landfills.

Wheelabrator has served the Town of Millbury and surrounding communities as a highly engaged community partner since it began operations in 1987, supporting and participating in numerous Millbury organizations, including assisting the Millbury Fire Department with advanced rescue training, the Town of Millbury Bicentennial Celebration, Chain of Lights Celebration, Millbury Lions Club, and the Grafton Hill Neighborhood Association.

Wheelabrator helped to establish the Worcester-based Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, the first urban wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts, in a 20-year partnership with Mass Audubon, including the introduction and sponsorship of Millbury Days, granting residents four free visits to the sanctuary throughout the year.

Wheelabrator employees volunteer in Millbury public schools and other youth organizations, including mentoring middle school students to purchasing and assembling 60 desks to furnish two classrooms at Shaw Elementary School, and sponsoring local Boy Scout Troop 114.

“For more than 20 years, Wheelabrator Millbury has supported [Mass Audubon’s] efforts to make New England’s largest urban wildlife sanctuary accessible to adults, kids and families throughout Greater Worcester.”
- Deb Cary, Director, Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Waste Processing

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Community Waste

Commercial Waste

  • Business Waste

Special Waste

Commercial Waste

  • Business Waste

Fast Facts:

1987
Began Operations
1,500
Tons of Waste Processed Per Day
463,863
Tons of Waste Processed Last Year
45 MW
Energy Generation Capacity
47,000
Homes Powered
9,590
Tons of Metals Recovered Last Year
609,030
Annual Barrels of Oil for Power Saved
182,680
Annual Tons of Coal for Power Saved