The City of Key West
owns and operates the Southernmost Waste to Energy Facility (SWETF), a
150-ton per day waste to energy plant at 5701 College Road on Stock
Island. Curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, as well as,
hauling and disposal of solid waste and ash, is contracted to Waste
Management Inc. C&D
Hauling currently holds the contract to handle the City’s construction
and demolition recycling.
trash collected in Key West is transferred to the Stock Island plant and
fed into two incinerators where it is burned. The incinerators in turn
produce steam, which powers a 3.5-megawatt electric generator.
The generator powers the plant and produces enough additional
electricity to sell to City Electric for local use. The plant employs 31 highly
skilled associates that are committed to meeting the City’s waste
needs. In addition to operating and maintaining the plant, the associates
maintain the closed Stock Island Landfill and provide machining, welding
and mechanical assistance to other City Departments.
the Utilities Department is preparing for a retrofit of the SWTE facility
that would include state-of-the-art pollution control technology. This
retrofit insures the plant’s operational ability for the next 15 to 20
years, as well as, exceeds the Federal and State guidelines for the new
Clean Air Act that will be adopted by the State of Florida by the end of
for Solid Waste:
Solid Waste Code Enforcement efforts by reviewing and responding to 100%
of complaints within 48 hours of receipt.
Participated in Clean Key West and Citizens Advisory Committee
meetings improving public relations and contributing to Mayor’s Clean
City initiative. Performed
daily inspections of city right-of-ways to ensure compliance with code of
several long-term facility improvement and maintenance projects including
installation of VSD drives on overhead cranes, rehabilitation
and reinstallation of turbine engine, modification of over fire air
ports and intakes.
burn efficiency of plant contributing to City’s compliance with Permit
Opacity limits (no visible emissions 98% of the time).
plant housekeeping and aesthetic appearance by forming a committee to
address specific issues and concerns.
Landscaping and artwork plans have been implemented.
planning and construction bid process for plant retrofit project while
awaiting adoption of the Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan.