Local News

April 21, 2013

Officials talking trash

Plant negotiations to address where garbage will come from.

LOGANSPORT — As the amount of garbage Logansport produces in one year would barely be enough to fuel the city’s proposed new power plant for one day, those involved in the project say they’re confident enough trash can be acquired from elsewhere and are working on agreements that guarantee so.

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin has said he’ll likely be in negotiations through October with Florida-based Pyrolyzer, LLC to develop a power plant in the city powered by refuse-derived fuel. According to Pyrolyzer’s estimates, the plant will require 4,000 to 6,000 tons of municipal solid waste a day. According to Logansport Municipal Utilities, or LMU, the community disposes about 5,000 tons of municipal solid waste a year.

Pyrolyzer’s proposal states the waste would be transported to a material recovery facility at the plant, where it would be separated and sorted. Recyclable materials like metal and glass would be stored for sale while the remaining material would be shredded and formed into pieces less than two inches in diameter, ultimately becoming the feedstock, or fuel that would power the plant.

Alvaro Almuina, director of EllSo Consulting out of Richmond Hill, Ontario and the project manager of the study team of consultants assisting the city and LMU, said they are working to establish an assurance from Pyrolyzer that it will be able to acquire enough feedstock to run the plant.

“We as a study team have said there will be enough feedstock available,” Almuina said. “We’re pursuing getting that in writing from Pyrolyzer.”

While the details of where the feedstock will come from are currently being determined in negotiations, Pyrolyzer’s proposal states it would likely come from cities in the area. According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the state generates about 8 million tons a year. One of the largest producers of trash in the area and the country is Chicago, which generates about 1.1 million tons a year, according to the city’s website.

Those involved in the project have said most of the municipal solid waste will be transported to the plant via rail in sealed containers, with some of it coming by truck.

One of the parties involved in negotiations on the project is Gabe Hall, president of U.S. Rail Corporation. Hall said much of the garbage in the country being transported to landfills is already traveling by rail, so in order to get it to the proposed plant in Logansport, all it would require is rerouting the trains.

“It’s already in rail transit,” Hall said. “It’s already in containers. We’d simply be moving material being carted into landfills and re-purposing it.”

Paul Hartman, superintendent of LMU, said the trains bringing in the garbage would be less than 70 cars long, almost half the size of the 120-car trains that often come through the city.

Hartman also said the materials recycling facility the garbage will be dumped into will be equipped with a negative pressure system in order to prevent odors from escaping.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or


For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

  • mushroom Parks let mushroom hunters forage off-trail INDIANAPOLIS - Rain that pounded Brown County State Park in early April dampened the number of hikers and mountain bikers in Indiana's largest state park, but foragers of the property's 15,000 acres of forest welcomed the weather. With the arrival o

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 17, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 G.jpg Sign of support: Class meant to connect hearing-impaired family members Jordanna Dishner-Rush gestured forcefully to a coat rack hanging in the back of the meeting room at the Logansport Library. She was trying to use just hand motions — no speech — to get the other women to guess the secret word she'd been given. Dishne

    April 17, 2014 12 Photos

  • Logansport graduation rate rises again Logansport High School's graduation rate jumped almost 2 percentage points to 92.9 percent in 2013, data released Wednesday show. The Indiana Department of Education released graduation data for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday. The data show that

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 Mustangs.jpg Local dealer celebrates the Mustang Fifty years ago today, the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair. Now, six of them will be on display for the next few weeks at Rick's Auto Sales in Logansport celebrating what the business owner says is a half centur

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Redevelopment commission proposes new TIF expansion The Logansport Redevelopment Commission is now considering including land surrounding Water Street in a proposed consolidation of the city's tax increment financing districts. A tax increment financing, or TIF, district, captures the increments of an

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

     View Results