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Waste plant burns way to 10th birthday

Wasatch Energy Systems, the special service district that handles solid-waste disposal for Davis and Morgan counties, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its burn plant operation, Thursday, Oct. 16.

Besides sending a direct mailer to district customers informing them of highlights of the milestone, the plant will also be offering tours to elected officials in both counties that day."It's a major milestone," director LeGrand W. Bitter said.

He said during the past decade the district has overcome many challenges and is much more efficient than it was 10 years ago.

He said the district is halfway through the process to retire the bonds that paid for construction of the burn plant.

The district, formerly named Davis Energy Recovery, has processed some 1 millions tons of waste in the past decade. Besides creating as much as a 90 percent reduction in the volume of waste deposited in the landfill, the facility has generated steam and electricity. He also said the process creates a net reduction in air pollution.