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Located in Westville, New Jersey, the Wheelabrator Gloucester waste-to-energy facility provides


dependable, environmentally safe disposal of municipal solid waste for Gloucester County, while generating clean, renewable electricity for sale to the local utility. Designed, constructed, owned and operated by Wheelabrator, Wheelabrator Gloucester processes up to 500 tons per day of municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Gloucester has an electric generating capacity of 14,000 kilowatts; the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 15,000 New Jersey homes.


The Gloucester waste-to-energy plant has upgraded its recycling efforts by enhancing the recovery of valuable metals that otherwise would be sent to a landfill. The recovery of these marketable materials will help raise the county’s recycling rates, which are already well above the national average at 41.9%.

As a strong advocate for the environment, Wheelabrator Gloucester has created and maintains a wildlife refuge and nature trail on 150 acres of wetlands surrounding the waste-to-energy facility. Working together with the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cape May Bird Observatory this sanctuary is the first of its kind in the nation. The Wildlife Refuge and Nature Trail have been certified by The Wildlife Habitat Council as a “Wildlife at Work” site that offers a meandering trail system designed to provide an optimal outdoor experience for visitors while minimizing the human impact on wildlife. Development at the facility is also underway on a 27-acre habitat for the declining Bobwhite Quail.