The Wheelabrator Saugus energy-from-waste facility provides environmentally safe and dependable disposal up to 1,500 tons per day of everyday household and business waste from 10 Massachusetts communities. By creating a local-energy ecosystem where waste is a local fuel, Wheelabrator Saugus generates 37 MW of clean, reliable energy to meet the electrical needs of 38,000 Massachusetts homes as well as its own operations. Wheelabrator Saugus opened in 1975. It was Wheelabrator’s first energy-from-waste facility and has a storied history as both an industrial pioneer and a contributor to the local community.
As we process post-recycled waste, we reduce waste volumes by 90 percent, and we recover, reuse and recycle ferrous metals. The remaining ash residue is disposed of at our Saugus ash monofill, which features an environmentally protective barrier wall system that is equivalent to a traditional liner and consistently operates in accordance with regulatory standards. The ash disposal process is continuously monitored and includes strict management procedures and operations to protect the environment.