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Raleigh Dedicates Sustainable Solid Waste Services Facility


The solid waste services facility that the City of Raleigh dedicated today is as attractive as it is sustainable and economical.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane said that the Wilders Grove Solid Waste Facility was built to Platinum LEED standards. She notes that every aspect of the project expresses the pinnacle of sustainability.

Some of the notable sustainable features include:

  • Its location: the facility was built on the site of an old City of Raleigh landfill operated between 1972 and 1997.
  • Soil reuse: the 27-acre site was reclaimed by the placement of nearly 160,000 cubic yards of clean fill generated from several Downtown City, State and County construction sites.
  • It proximity to the transfer station: Having the solid waste fleet operating from the same site saves at least 100,000 miles of driving and more than $250,000.00 in fuel annually.
  • Geothermal HVAC and hot water: The Wilders Grove Solid Waste Facility has a geothermal HVAC and hot water system. This system will save more than 30 percent over the conventional HVAC system designs.
  • Totally recycled: The facility's exterior masonry and siding contain recycled materials. The roof system incorporates a metal roof that allows for photovoltaic arrays. Harvested rain and recycled water are used to clean the Solid Waste Services fleet of trucks.

T.A. Loving Company of Goldsboro was the builder of the $14.65 million dollar project. Hazen and Sawyer designed the "green" facility.

The grounds of the facility are landscaped with mulch from the City's nearby Yard Waste Center. It is sprinkled with recycled glass from Elizabeth City Glass. The main entrance to the facility is laid with pavers in the shape of North Carolina. They were obtained from Grotto Hardscapes in Mebane, NC.

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