Lebanon’s gasification plant wins award

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

FRANKLIN – The Greater Nashville Regional Council recently presented the 2017 local government award for public works and utility infrastructure to the city of Lebanon.

The GNRC recognized Lebanon for solid waste management and environmental stewardship through the city’s gasification initiative. Lebanon’s plant is a first-of-its-kind system – the only one in the U.S., and the largest downdraft gasification plant in the world – to embrace waste stream conversion technology to energy. Coupled with the city’s embracement of solar, natural gas and residential recycling program shows the Lebanon’s vision for environmental stewardship.  

The effort was made possible by a public-private partnership between Rockwood Recycling, Aries Clean Energy, the city of Lebanon and Wilson County that combined economic impact with an environmental impact. As the first to embrace the waste stream conversion technology and creating a public-private partnership to ensure profitability makes Lebanon a model for any municipality or industry.

The local government award annually honors local governments and public-private partnerships in the greater Nashville region, which have exhibited outstanding accomplishment and achievement or innovation in several areas of public service.

“The impact of the gasification plant has been very positive for Lebanon,” said Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash. “I am proud that the team that has worked so hard on this is receiving this type of recognition. We have business and industry leaders making inquiries and visits to see the facility.  We encourage them to investigate this process to reduce their carbon footprints and landfill volumes.”

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