A developer is being sought to build a waste processing facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The city seeks a private partner to build the 30-acre “Green Acres ATL Energy Park” where 90 percent of the waste the airport produces would be repurposed, reprocessed or recycled. The facility also must be capable of repurposing or recycling more than 19,000 tons of chipped yard trimmings collected by the city’s Department of Public Works.
The developer would lease the property from the city for 30 years with the option to renew the agreement for up to two five-year periods, according to the request for proposals.
The airport served more than 101 million passengers in 2015, making it the world’s busiest airport for the 18th straight year. Most of its solid waste stream comes from the terminals and seven concourses. A study the city commissioned revealed that approximately 80 percent of the airport’s waste stream consists of recyclable or compostable materials. However, only 5 percent of the more than 18,630 tons of municipal solid waste produced in 2012 was recycled.
The tipping fee currently charged for airport delivered waste is approximately $3.75 per cubic yard. The selected developer will propose a standard tipping fee before waste deliveries commence, along with an analysis to justify the fee, which should include a summary of tipping fees being charged by local waste disposal facilities.
The new facility must be able to handle waste from the airport and other sources, such as sporting venues, conference centers, educational systems and grocery retailers that the developer or Atlanta contracts with during the life of the agreement. The city envisions that the facility ultimately will have the ability to process 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year.
Respondents must be able to demonstrate evidence of having conducted two successful projects to repurpose, reprocess and recycled at least 10,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year without incineration.
Substantial completion of the facility must be reached by 300 days after the effective date of the P3 agreement and it must be capable of handling 90 percent of delivered waste that would typically be sent to a landfill by January 1, 2020.
The deadline for RFP responses is June 13.