The Hermitage Wastewater treatment plant uses advanced anaerobic digestion to break down waste and produce biogas. The plan uses the biogas to generate electricity and heat for the facilities. The facility has been accepting food waste in addition to sewage to increase its biogas production. After years of planning, the facility received approval from the PA Department of Environmental Protection in June of 2016 for its Class A biosolids product.
Farmers and firms are beginning to take the next step to take the biosolids and apply it to their land. The authority expects to produce about 3,00 tons of sludge each year and will sell the product. Jason Wert from RETTEW worked with Hermitage on the plant design and construction. Check you Jason's presentation from the MABA 2015 Symposium.