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In 2019 the Dutchess County
Resource Recovery Facility (RRA) safely incinerated a whopping
12,102 pounds of household pharmaceuticals at our
waste-to-energy facility! This community service, provided by
the RRA, and our operator Wheelabrator Dutchess, is provided to
law enforcement agencies in Dutchess County and seven
surrounding counties free of charge. From our county alone, over
2,800 pounds of medications were incinerated last year. Our
service keeps medications out of our waters, as well as, the
hands of those who would abuse them or accidently ingest them.
We have safely incinerated over 73,000 pounds (over 36 tons)
since we started providing this service in 2009.
|The Dutchess County Resource
Recovery Agency (RRA) is a public benefit agency that was established by
the New York State Legislature in 1982 to oversee the construction,
financing and operation of the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), which
opened in 1989. The RRF is a waste-to-energy facility that combusts most
of the garbage that is collected in Dutchess County and is operated by
Wheelabrator Dutchess County LLC. The RRF has a capacity of processing
164,000 tons of post-recycled waste per year and has a turbine that
converts energy from the waste, which is then sold to Central Hudson Gas
& Electric. The facility can turn 450 tons of waste into 9.3 megawatts
(MW) of renewable power every day, enough to power over 9,000 homes. The
facility also recovers 10 to 14 million pounds of ferrous metals from
the waste for recycling each year.
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