Garbage disposal prices will double in Marion County if the Oregon Legislature doesn’t pass legislation calling trash incineration as renewable energy, representatives from Covanta Marion, the state’s only trash incinerator, warned Monday.
Without the designation, Covanta is additionally unable to afford wanted upgrades on the incinerator, situated north of Salem in Brooks, and would be prone to closing, eliminating 33 union jobs, Matthew Marler, a Covanta supervisor, advised a Senate committee.
“This situation places the county’s whole solid waste system, along with its superior recycling program, in danger,” Marler stated.
Senate Bill 451 would enable the incinerator to be licensed based on Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires 50% of the electrical energy Oregonians use to come from renewable sources by 2040.
In June 2018 Covanta signed a 15-year contract with Portland General Electric for the electric energy it generates in addition to the renewable power credits, that is worth thousands of dollars every year, Marler mentioned.
Without the credit, it must negotiate a brand new deal or sell on the spot market.
Opponents argued that waste, a lot of which is plastic, is just not a renewable resource; they stated, the Renewable Portfolio Standard is supposed to incentivize clean energy sources, not finance upgrades at current plants.
Covanta Marion, a branch of New Jersey-based Covanta Power Corp., has functioned in Brooks from 1986.
The incinerator lights about 550 tons of municipal waste per day, producing as much as 13.1 megawatts of electricity.
The center is Oregon’s 20th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, based on the state Division of Environmental Quality, emitting 160,843 metric tons of carbon in 2017.