MeadWestvaco joins renewable energy partnership

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MeadWestvaco Corp. is joining an effort to convert organic waste streams into biogas and other energy sources.

MeadWestvaco is teaming up with Zera Energy and VOW Resources to build a demonstration plant of the process next to MeadWestvaco’s Evadale, Texas, mill. Vow Resources, an organic waste management firm, will design, engineer and test the conversion process at the plant; Zera Energy will build and operate the plant; and MWV will study the commercial feasibility of the biogas generation and, after testing, apply the technology to waste treatment options.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to start in November. The plant will create 12 full-time jobs and 30 construction jobs.

“We anticipate numerous benefits from this collaborative effort, including reducing consumption of water and natural gas, lowering our landfill requirements and creating a valuable organic fertilizer,” said Jim Gresham, vice president of MWV’s Evadale Operations.

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